Around the BlogoSphere on Monday, April 23, 2012

Here are a few of the things United Methodist bloggers wrote yesterday in relation to GC2012:

The Church in Africa is deeply worried about all of us Euro-Westerners. I’d like to hear more about that, but I don’t think I’ll get the chance. Petition #20921 is really long and cumbersome to read. I’ve also been told it’s misplaced. That likely indicates it probably won’t get very far – no sense talking about something that’s cumbersome and misplaced.

–Kim Reisman at http://www.nextstepevangelism.org

What if we were to come to General Conference not as delegates and observers with preconceived notions and mandates, but as fellow travelers on a journey of faith – seeking to make relationships with one another, practicing faith-sharing, and making ourselves vulnerable? Daring to risk intimacy with fellow Christians? Having the audacity to confess and repent of our sins?

–Sky Lowe-McCracken atKyrie Eleison

I have a theory that the sophomore GC is the very best, with the delegate knowing the ropes but still fresh and excited. It is amazing the cynicism and snarkiness one encounters with GC veterans. When I first attended (as a lay person, young adult from Indiana) I figured that General Conference was the gathering of the brightest and best the church has to offer. It didn’t take long to realize that it isn’t the best and brightest who come to GC, but it is definitely the most passionate.

–Dan Dick atUnited Methodeviations

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