Morning plenary reactions

Three U.S. Delegates react to today’s (April 25) morning plenary session at General Conference 2012 in Tampa, Fla. Bishop Peter Weaver’s episcopal address urged delegates to seize their Christian heritage. “Too many of us have given up the Great Commission for no mission,” he said.


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Local Church
Rick Reinhard. Photo by Valerie Smallwood.

A call to examine United Methodist real estate

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Social Concerns
The Rev. Dr. William B. Lawrence. Photo by Todd W. Lawrence.

Texas abortion law threatens ministry

Early in his ministry, the Rev. Bill Lawrence served as counselor to pregnant women considering their options. Under a new Texas law, such a pastoral role could lead to lawsuits.
Evangelism
The Rev. Thomas Kim. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News

A lamentation with hope for Afghanistan

Watching the news of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan reminds the Rev. Thomas Kim of time he spent with missionaries there following his brother-in-law’s death in a bombing.