May 18, 2016
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GENERAL CONFERENCE UPDATES
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News Headlines (click on the headline to view)
Two ambassadors of God's love share young people's address
Delegates, supporters stand with LGBTQ people
Indigenous Filipinos bring pleas for justice
Remember rural churches, advocates say
Helping homeless with a meal and a message
Bishop Devadhar: Listen to each other and God
May 14 wrap-up: Sermon, protest, committee work
Bishop Ough becomes new Council of Bishops president
Prayer room offers spiritual retreat
Blog: We ARE they
Indigo Girls call on church to love, support all people
Minnesota volunteer combines two passions
GC2016 pauses for Black Lives Matter demonstration
Clergy offer support to LGBTQ pastors
Five elected to Judicial Council
More bishops for Africa, but not right away
Guaranteed appointment survives
Hearing the plea: Safe water for all
Harvey: 'Wear the robe like it matters'
Bishops vow to work toward unity, accountability
GC2016 celebrates Africa University
Delegate asks for legislation first, presentations later
Lack of youth delegates leaves General Conference Commission slot unfilled
May 16 wrap-up: Week Two begins with elections, celebrations, protests
Blog: The main thing
Blog: Laity called to live ever-blessing
Church hanging onto unity despite cracks in the walls
Conference pleads with bishops for leadership
GC2016 proposal calls for new panel on growth
Bishop Abrahams urges Wesleyan commitment to marginalized
Tenure limits for bishops fails
United Methodists grapple with being a worldwide church
Green light for new hymnal project
Bishops emphasize prayer at GC2016
Church reaffirms commitment to Four Areas of Focus
May 17 wrap-up: Schism rumors quashed
Native American young people lack history in church
Deaconesses, home missioners consecrated at GC2016
BISHOP PARK TO PRESIDE OVER PLENARY
Bishop Park will be presiding over the last segment of plenary today - 4 p.m. (Pacific): 7 p.m. (Eastern).
We will be discussing human sexuality petitions at some point today, so it could be a difficult day.
Please keep Bishop Park and the delegation in your prayers as General Conference continues.
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THE TEXT OF "AN OFFERING FOR A WAY FORWARD" PRESENTED BY BISHOP OUGH THIS MORNING AT GENERAL CONFERENCE 2016
from Diane Degnan, Director of Public Relations, UMCOM
Galatians 3:25-29 (NRSV)
25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. 27 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring,[a] heirs according to the promise.
Your bishops were honored to receive the request of General Conference to help lead our United Methodist Church forward during this time of both great crisis and great opportunity. As far as we can discover, this is the first time that a General Conference has ever made such a request of the Council of Bishops, and we accept this request with humility.
We share with you a deep commitment to the unity of the church in Christ our Lord. Yesterday, our president shared the deep pain we feel. We have all prayed for months and continue to do so. We seek, in this kairos moment, a way forward for profound unity on human sexuality and other matters. This deep unity allows for a variety of expressions to co-exist in one church. Within the Church, we are called to work and pray for more Christ-like unity with each other rather than separation from one another. This is the prayer of Jesus in John 17:21-23.
UNITY We believe that our unity is found in Jesus Christ; it is not something we achieve but something we receive as a gift from God. We understand that part of our role as bishops is to lead the church toward new behaviors, a new way of being and new forms and structures which allow a unity of our mission of "making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world" while allowing for differing expressions as a global church. Developing such new forms will require a concerted effort by all of us, and we your bishops commit ourselves to lead this effort. We ask you, as a General Conference, to affirm your own commitment to maintaining and strengthening the unity of the church. We will coordinate this work with the various efforts already underway to develop global structures and a new General Book of Discipline for our church. Strengthening the unity of the church is a responsibility for all of us.
PRAYER We accept our role as spiritual leaders to lead the UMC in a "pause for prayer" - to step back from attempts at legislative solutions and to intentionally seek God's will for the future. As a Council of Bishops, we will lead the church in every part of the world in times of worship, study, discernment, confession and prayer for God's guidance. We ask you, as a General Conference, to join us in this effort, beginning this week. We were moved by the sight of delegates praying around the table, and we hope these efforts will continue. As your bishops we are ready to join you and to lead you in these times of prayer.
PROCESSES We have discussed in depth the processes which might help our church heal and move forward - up to and including the possibility of a called General Conference in 2018 or 2019. We have not finalized our plans for such processes, but we will keep working on options we have heard from many of you, and we will keep reporting to this General Conference and to the whole church.
NEXT STEPS We recommend that the General Conference defer all votes on human sexuality and refer this entire subject to a special Commission, named by the Council of Bishops, to develop a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph in our Book of Discipline regarding human sexuality. We continue to hear from many people on the debate over sexuality that our current Discipline contains language which is contradictory, unnecessarily hurtful, and inadequate for the variety of local, regional and global contexts. We will name such a Commission to include persons from every region of our UMC, and will include representation from differing perspectives on the debate. We commit to maintain an on-going dialogue with this Commission as they do their work, including clear objectives and outcomes. Should they complete their work in time for a called General Conference, then we will call a two- to three-day gathering before the 2020 General Conference. (We will consult with GCFA regarding cost-effective ways to hold that gathering.)
CONTINUING DISCUSSIONS We will continue to explore options to help the church live in grace with one another - including ways to avoid further complaints, trials and harm while we uphold the Discipline. We will continue our conversation on this matter and report our progress to you and to the whole church.
Today, as a way of beginning to find our way forward, we suggest that in place of the allotted legislative time we spend 1-2 hours of plenary time in prayer, confession and exploration of a creative way forward. The bishops are prepared to provide questions to guide your conversations. Your conversations will be the first step to a way forward.
WHAT IS GENERAL CONFERENCE?
Susquehanna Xpress: Rev. Gere Reist - Part 1
In Part One, Brittany talks with Rev. Gere Reist about his duties as Secretary of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church,
the procedures of General Conference, and some challenges of becoming a global church. (Filmed after 2012 General Conference.)
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Susquehanna Xpress: Rev. Gere Reist - Part 2
In Part Two, Brittany talks with Rev. Gere Reist, Secretary of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church,
about some of the concerns with General Conference, benefits of gathering as a local church, and goals for the future. (Filmed after 2012 General Conference.)
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NORTHERN WAYNE MANNA PRESENTS "I AM THEY"
Lake Como UMC's youth group to host the praise group, "I Am They," with special guest Hannah Kerr
Sunday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m.
Fireman's Fields, Crosstown Highway, Lakewood, Pa.
Reserved general admission seats are just $15 for adults and $10 for youth. We are also taking freewill offerings for lawn seats. Tickets can be purchased online at www.lcsumc.com, and lawn seats can be purchased online or at the door.
This is an outdoor concert, rain or shine, and there will be plenty of food and parking for buses, so bring a group.
All proceeds from this concert will be used to purchase a well and soccer balls for a village in Africa.
LOCATION: Lakewood is a small community located less than an hour from both Binghamton, New York, and Scranton, Pa. It is not often that we have the opportunity to share in such a night of worship this close to home. Please support our youth with your presence and or prayers.
Call or text for info or tickets to Brandon Flynn at 215-313-4154 or
Please advertise in your local churches.
More Information About the Concert
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre District Office
Susquehanna Conference of UMC
MISSION CENTRAL DEVOTION
Devotion #49 of 52
Giving and Receiving
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PART-TIME CHURCH ORGANIST POSITION OPEN AT CAMP HILL UMC, CAMP HILL
Camp Hill United Methodist Church is seeking applicants for a
Part-Time Organist. Piano and organ skills are required.
Our organ is a M. P. Moller Opus 10835 Pipe Organ, 1972 3 Manual, 32 Pipe Ranks, 2010 Pipe Restoration and Expansion; R. J. Brunner & Co. Silver Spring, PA; 2010 Console Restoration and Digital Voices Addition; BUCH Church Organ Co. Ephrata, PA. Aeolian-Skinner Voices by Walker Technical Company Responsibilities include playing for vocal and instrumental rehearsals and for all sanctuary worship services on Sunday mornings as well as any additional services. The new organist will begin their duties on July 1, 2016.
Salary will be based on expertise and experience.
Send cover letter, resume to include a minimum of two professional and one personal reference, and salary history to:
Camp Hill UMC
c/o Organ Search Committee
417 South 22nd Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Keith T. Roden
Director of Sanctuary Music
Adult Handbell Choir Director
Camp Hill United Methodist Church
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