"It is our hope that we will set a tone of relationship-building and prayer rather than a posture of winners versus losers." — Bishop Thomas Bickerton, a member of the Commission on General Conference.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Paying for the special General Conference
DES MOINES, Iowa (UMNS) — The Commission on General Conference, which plans the legislative assembly, approved registration fees for visitors to help pay for the special session in 2019. A big concern of the meeting was helping delegates do their work. Heather Hahn reports.
African partnership spurs ideas, understanding
HARARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — A delegation of eight leaders from the South Congo Conference recently visited the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area for 10 days of training in church growth and administration. They hoped to share experiences in ministry and learn from each other, particularly about the Zimbabwe Area’s strategies for advancing the gospel. Chenayi Kumuterera has the story.
United Methodist Women
Two UMW leaders arrested in nonviolent action
WASHINGTON — Two leaders from United Methodist Women were arrested after a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol that was part of an effort to launch a new Poor People’s Campaign. Carol Barton, executive for Community Action, and Emily Jones, executive for Racial Justice, were arrested as part of a planned, nonviolent action of blocking a street. Erik Alsgaard has the story.
Missionary blessing service held
ATLANTA — Eight missionary candidates celebrated the conclusion of their training and prepared for their next steps in their work in a blessing service held at Global Ministries’ headquarters at Grace United Methodist Church. Ivy Couch reports.
United Methodist Communications
Livestream a first for Judicial Council
EVANSTON, Ill. — For the first time, the United Methodist Judicial Council will livestream an oral hearing. The oral hearing to consider a request from the bishops for a declaratory decision of law about what legislation can come before next year’s special session of General Conference will be livestreamed by United Methodist Communications.
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Open for (church) business
SUGAR LAND, Texas (UMNS) — The Rev. Chappell Temple writes about closed meetings in The United Methodist Church and the need for transparency in conducting church business.
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