Tagged with general conference

Local Pastors, Get Out Your Buzzers…Maybe

During GC, I posted about local pastors possibly getting the right to vote for delegates to General and Jurisdictional Conference. This wasn’t something that got a lot of attention during GC, and there was a bit of confusion over whether or not this really passed. This morning I saw this article from UMC.org. Here is … Continue reading

If a Tree Falls in the Woods…

Remember that old question? If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to observe it, does it make a sound? Sometimes I feel like this is a metaphor for some of the things that happen at General Conference. Our Book of Discipline and our Book of Resolutions are constantly expanding. If … Continue reading

Local Pastors to Vote for Delegates

An interesting constitutional amendment will be sent for approval by annual conferences. You’ll find some of of the details in an article on umc.org. If annual conferences approve the constitutional amendment, deacons, associate members and provisional members may join ordained ministerial members in full connection in voting for delegates to General and jurisdictional conferences. To … Continue reading

Guaranteed Appointments Anyone?

In all of the conversation about other important issues, I haven’t heard much about guaranteed appointments. It was a hot topic before General Conference, and I figure we’ll eventually hear about it again. In any case, apparently this is what came out of the legislative committee for Ministry and Higher Education and was adopted by … Continue reading

The Quadrilateral @ General Conference

The “Wesleyan Quadrilateral” has made an appearance in brochures being distributed at General Conference. Kevin Watson, a good friend and colleague in the Oklahoma Conference, interacts with this piece over at his blog: Deeply Committed. I really appreciate what Kevin has written as well as the constructive and academic tone in which he offers it

Elected to Judicial Council

For those of you who are following this, several bloggers at General Conference are reporting the newly elected Judicial Council members. I don’t know much about these folks, so I’ll list them without comment (Update: A friend sent me this link which provides a little more information on these folks): Kathi Austin-Mahle (Clergy) F. Belton … Continue reading