GC2012 Radio: A Difficult Day

The issue of human sexuality in the United Methodist Church was the business of the morning; reaction to it took us into the early afternoon. This edition of GC2012 Radio features the voices and sounds of the day.

Voices heard in the piece:

Bishop Tom Bickerton (Western PA area)
Rev. Laurie Haller (West Michigan Conference)
Rev. Tim Reaves (North Carolina Conference)
Jill A. Warren (Methodist Federation for Social Action)
Bishop Sally Dyck (Minnesota Area)
Rev. Mike Slaughter (West Ohio Conference)
Rev. John Miles, II (Arkansas Conference)

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Church Growth
The Rev. Lovett H. Weems Jr. Photo courtesy of Wesley Theological Seminary.

Young elder numbers near historic low

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Mission and Ministry
Nigeria Area Bishop John Wesley Yohanna (center front) addresses the press during the groundbreaking ceremony for a new United Methodist radio station in Jalingo, Nigeria. Grace Radio will be the first faith-based station in the Northeast region. Photo by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel, UM News.

Groundbreaking first step for Nigerian church radio

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General Conference
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Conference backs replacing Cross and Flame

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