UM Bishop Lowers Emissions in California, as well as UM Membership
Bishop rides bicycle aimlessly in search of the lost, but with no saving message
September 25, 2004 E-mail story Print (LA Times)
...Swenson, 57, who in her capacity as bishop of the California-Pacific Conference oversees 400 United Methodist churches in Southern California, Hawaii, Guam and Saipan, is a committed environmentalist and social activist. Almost exclusively, she rides a bicycle everywhere or uses public transportation.
...The United Methodist Church, with 8.2 million members, is the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination, after Southern Baptists. But like those of most mainline denominations, its membership has been declining — by about 40,000 a year over the last decade. In the California-Pacific Conference, membership has decreased from 2,000 to 3,000 a year to about 95,000 a year now.
...She sometimes spends a night with homeless people in shelters, marches on behalf of workers' rights, and has spoken out on behalf of gays and lesbians.
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