A UMC.org feature by Joe Iovino. On February 23, elected United Methodist delegates along with our bishops will gather in St. Louis, Missouri, for a called special session of General Conference. The goal of the meeting is to find a way forward through our disagreements about same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ clergy. You and I may feel far removed from what is happening in St. Louis, but there are ways we can follow what’s happening and support those doing the work. Please see the full article at www.umc.org, with five things we as individuals can do: http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/general-conference-is-happening.-what-can-i-do
To our church community: Last week, UMNews hosted a very informative panel discussion on “A Way Forward.” There are 4 plans to be presented at the February General Conference, Feb 23-26, regarding how the United Methodist Church will be in relationship to the LGBTQAI community. The 4 plans are: The Traditional Plan, The Connectional Conference Plan, The Simple Plan and The One Church Plan. The video of the panel discussion, “Perspectives on a Way Forward,” is well worth taking the time to view as the United Methodist News Service has done an excellent job in bringing together a panel of authors for each of these plans.
We are honored to have as our guest speaker on Interfaith Sunday, November 25, Sai Prasad Venkatachalam, an international speaker and humanitarian advocate dedicated to “love all and serve all.” Sai Prasad gives lectures about his travels and his experiences in terror-struck countries like Syria, Sudan, Uganda, Turkey, Jordan etc. where he went to do service. Meeting and spending time with the refugees and their children in war-ravaged countries triggered his transformation process that led him to dedicate his entire life in the pursuit of nurturing selfless love, and thereby transforming humanity. Sai is visiting the USA again this year, from November 25 to December
The Camp Fire, one of the deadliest and most destructive fires in California history, has devastated over 100,000 acres in Butte County, and destroyed the town of Paradise. Bishop Minerva Carcano’s message on November 10 provided updates about the fire status and the United Methodist Church’s relief efforts from Sonja Edd-Bennett, our Director of Disaster Response Ministry. In addition to working with state agencies, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other agencies, Sonja is working with UMCOR to request a grant for immediate support of impacted churches and communities. Bishop Carcano is also in conversation with Bishop Mark W. Holmerud of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of