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From Jimmy Nunn -
GC affirmed a resolution opposing Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. In a second petition, GC voted not to direct the General Board of Pensions to divest from specific companies that sell items to Israel.
GC voted to retain current language with respect to homosexuality in paragraph 161F in the book of Discipline.
GC passed a massive restructure plan for the church by a majority of over 59%. The proposal changes the number and composition of general agencies. It also grants annual conferences more freedom to restructure for ministry in the various mission fields of a conference. There are many things that will be clarified as a result of this action. The action still goes to GCFA. It may also be subject to a motion to refer to the judicial counsel. Our delegations believe this action is positive for the church.
worth quoting: Remember your story. Share your story. This could be in class meetings, small home groups or in your community. It is this witness through which people will come to know Christ and The United Methodist Church will fulfill its mission "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.". Betty S. Katiyo, West Zimbabe.
Meet your delegates to General Conference and Jurisdicational Conference. Northwest Texas Conference has 2 laity and 2 clergy delegates for General Conference and 2 laity and 2 clergy for Jurisdictional Conference plus 2 laity and 2 clergy alternates for Jurisdictional. Jurisdictional delegates serve as alternates at General Conference.
Front, l-r: Jimmy Nunn (General), Linda Elms (Jurisdictional), Stan Cosby (General), Ron Enns (General). Back row, l-r: Kathryn Boren (alternate), Robert Goodrich (alternate), Eddie Rivera (Jurisdictional), Karl Baumgardner (Jurisdictional), Richard Edwards (alternate) and Rich Jones (Jurisdictional). Not pictures: Ed Hill (alternate).
Look for special reports from our delegates during General Conference!
About General Conference 2012
General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. The 1000-member assembly meets once every four years to consider revisions to church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for churchwide programs for the next four years.
The 2012 meeting will take place April 24-May 4 at the Tampa Convention Center.
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General Conference App Launched
Nashville, Tenn.: Mobile device users will be able to access information about The United Methodist Church’s 2012 General Conference through a new, free mobile application from United Methodist Communications. This comes in preparation for the quadrennial meeting of the denomination’s top policy-making body in Tampa, Fla. April 24-May 4.
The app was developed in order to give users instant access to General Conference information without the need for a computer and Internet connection. Features of the mobile app include scheduling, legislative tracking, a map of the Tampa Convention Center and surrounding areas, information about display areas, news, photos and videos.
“Where Internet access is limited, the mobile app makes General Conference more accessible,” said the Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications. “It also provides greater convenience and relevance for those on the go, ensuring that all United Methodists, no matter their location, have up-to-the-minute information as it unfolds at General Conference 2012.”
The app is now available for free download for iPhone and iPad users, with an Android version soon to follow. To download the free app, go to your device's app store and search for United Methodist General Conference or visit gc2012.umc.org/app to find the link.