It’s Setup Time in Tampa

GC2012 doesn’t start until Tuesday but the city is rapidly filling with Methodists and there are a bunch of folks who have already been at work for a couple of days.  People are running about creating exhibit areas, running cables to computers, and doing all the things necessary for an event that is part trade show, part concert, part worship service, and a large and involved legislative process that requires a dedicated computerized system to keep up with it all.

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Gilbert Hanke, top staff executive of United Methodist Men. 2012 file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

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Darryl W. Stephens is director of United Methodist studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary and a clergy member of the Texas Conference. Photo courtesy of Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Commentary: A simple majority is a foundation of sand

A simple majority vote at General Conference provides an unstable basis for denominational unity.
General Conference
Nativity set from Peru, photographed at the Upper Room Museum in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: Does Christmas have roots in pagan beliefs?

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