Monthly Archives: April 2012

Alston addresses General Conference

Ellen Alston addresses the General Conference as the chair of the Superintendency Committee on Monday morning. The body is now hearing debate about the possibility of a set-aside bishop, along with amendments about allowing the General Conference to vote on … Continue reading

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General Conference: Days Five and Six

Saturday was the Last Day of Legislative Committees, where groups solidified the petitions that will be placed on the Consent Calendar, rejected and brought to the floor. The Biggest News of Saturday was the debacle of the IOT; the inability … Continue reading

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Biggest Tweets of the Morning

Mike Baughman (@ireverant) 4/28/12 9:07 AM M&HE committee voted to end guaranteed appointment system by a vote of 68-7. #gc2012 Rev. Jeremy Smith (@umjeremy) 4/28/12 9:09 AM Motion to substitute the #MFSA plan for General Boards makeup (a substantial chunk of the plan) … Continue reading

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General Conference: Day Four

There was another big day in General Administration. The sub-committee on UMC Restructure decided to take on Plan B as the main proposal from which to work.  In the plan, the Connectional Table role strengthened and, according to the proposal … Continue reading

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Aguila appointed to Restructuring Subcommittee

Pete Aguila, lay delegate representing us on General Administration legislative committee, was appointed this afternoon to the subcommittee dealing with all legislation for the UMC restructure.  Pete has voice and vote in this important conversation.  The subcommittee will be working … Continue reading

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Plan B is substituted as main motion

Friday morning, after extended debate, a substitute motion was made to substitute Plan B for the Call to Action proposal from the Interim Operations Team as the main proposal from which to work in General Administration. The motion passed with … Continue reading

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General Conference: Day Three

I spent the whole day in General Administration during Day 3. The major concerns about the restructuring were ensuring members of the ministry areas (presently known as Agencies and Commissions) have a place at the table, voice and vote for … Continue reading

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General Conference: Day Two

We started the morning with the Episcopal, Lay and Young People’s Address, and then went into lengthy debate about the Rules. The length of the debate changed our schedule, and pushed back time for electing legislative committee officers and Holy … Continue reading

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Alston Chairs Superintendency

The Rev. Ellen Alston, Head of the Louisiana Conference delegation to General Conference 2012, has been voted to Chair the legislative committee for Superintendency. This is a prestigious honor and great responsibility that very few delegates receive, and we are … Continue reading

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General Conference: Day One

There are very few times in life where I have found myself in a place where Scripture comes alive in real time, but from the beginning of my journey here, from touching down on the plane, riding in the shuttle, … Continue reading

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