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

For more blogger insights throughout the blogosphere, check outwww.methoblog.comand continue to follow GC2012conversations.com.

Sign up for our newsletter!

umnews-subscriptions
The Rev. John Oda. Courtesy of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month during pandemic

Blaming and harassment of Asian Americans recalls the World War II internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans, writes the Rev. John Oda.
The Rev. Grace S. Pak. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Pak.

Celebrating Asian/Pacific American heritage

This month offers a chance to counter rising violence and affirm Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders belong in the U.S. and the church.
Church History
Mike Hickcox is the former director of communications for the Society of St. Andrew and also served as manager of audio initiatives for United Methodist Communications and was director of communications for the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church. Photo by United Methodist Communications.

Share your audio to help preserve United Methodist history

A wealth of church history is contained in audio files in local churches, seminaries and annual conferences. We must act now to save those treasures.