Delegates to the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla., are sitting at round tables for the first time, a step designed to encourage better discussion of issues facing the denomination's top legislative body.
TAMPA, Fla. – Much of the first week of General Conference was spent in legislative committees where the more than 1,200 petitions for changes to the Book of Discipline, the Book of Resolutions and other petitions are considered. Much of the focus so far has been on the General Administration committee which is considering the legislation dealing with restructuring. Committee members are moving toward embracing Plan B instead of the proposed Call to Action plan submitted by the church's Connectional Table and the Interim Operations Team. Earlier in the week, supporters of Call to Action had indicated they were willing to increase the size of the governing board from 15 to 45, while Plan B retains four governing boards for the four different ministry agencies. Read more...
Rev. Adam Hamilton, pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., spoke to delegates during Wednesday's plenary session explaining the background of the Call to Action plan. View Wednesday's session...
Earlier on Wednesday, Bishop Peter Weaver, episcopal leader of the Boston Area delivered the Episcopal Address, inviting those gathered on a Resurrection Revolution; while three speakers combined for this year's Laity Address – Betty Katiyo of Zimbabwe, Dr. Steve Furr of Alabama and Amory Peck of Washington.
The Young People's Address was given jointly by Krin Ali of Denver, Colo., and Joy Eva Algodon-Bohol of the Philippines. Algodon-Bohol was denied a visa to enter the United States for General Conference and so her segments were taped as the two young speakers urged conferees to be "charged, rooted and united."
Tonight's worship will include an Act of Repentance toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous People.
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