GC2012 Around the Blogosphere on 4/25/2012

I find myself pondering these questions after watching the presentation in support of the Call to Action proposals of the Interim Operations Team at General Conference. I watched the live feed and followed the #gc2012 Twitter feed at the same time. Distrust and cynicism blazed through the Twitter feed even as Adam Hamilton delivered a highly polished sales pitch that traded heavily on fears of decline and denominational death as a motivation for enacting the specific ideas in the proposal. The antagonism was obvious and the efforts of supporters and foes of the proposals to manipulate and shape the rhetoric were not very subtle. --John Meunier https://johnmeunier.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/after-the-dust-settles-at-gc2012/
Charged in our faith and as prophets and messengers, rooted in our tradition and in the church, we, the young people of the United Methodist Church, are united across the world despite our ethnic, cultural, identity, and theological differences. But, where are the young people? --Michelle Dromgold http://umonfire.blogspot.com/2012/04/charged-rooted-united.html
One of the roles of a leader is to pay attention to one’s actions and how they are or are not being shared. As you consider your hopes or goals for General Conference, ask yourself:
  • Is your goal being shared with others?
  • Are you seeking to make progress on your own?
  • If you were not able to do it, who would do it?
--Andrew Conard http://andrewconard.com/

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