Quotes of the Day for 4/24/2012

“We are not your history, we are not Tampa’s or Florida’s history. We are living, breathing vibrant people. You are welcome in our homeland.” --Marcus Briggs-Cloud, a member of the Maskoke Nation
“Like the first four by the Sea of Galilee, we have gathered beside Tampa Bay to clean and mend our nets. It is our business because once every four years we have this need to get together to amend and fix the nets we know as United Methodism.” --Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster, president of Council of Bishops in opening worship
“I have it on good authority that Jesus will show up here in Tampa while we are busy with our nets. We will be invited to leave it all behind and follow Jesus.” --Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster, president of Council of Bishops in opening worship

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On Jan. 3, a 16-member group of United Methodist leaders offered a proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination. UM News will host a panel discussion on the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation proposal at 9:30 a.m. EST on Jan. 13. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

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