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NIC Voice GC2004 Update - Part I


NIC VOICE is a network of laity in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.
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Subject: [GENERAL-CONFERENCE-2004-NEWS-UPDATE] Today @ General Conference | April 27, 2004

 
 

 

April 27, 2004

Today at General Conference is the official daily electronic newsletter of the 2004 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Today is published by United Methodist Communications. Contact the editor by e-mail with your questions.

[Publisher's note: The April 27 issue was stalled due to a server configuration error. That error has now been corrected. We apologize for the delay, and we thank you for your understanding.]

HEADLINES

  • Daily Wrap Up: Assembly begins with worship, bishops' address - Different voices joined in a common song as the 2004 United Methodist General Conference officially opened with an April 27 worship service at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. In the afternoon’s traditional Episcopal Address, Bishop Kenneth L. Carder of the Mississippi Area told the nearly 1,000 delegates that God is calling the church to be a sign and instrument of a new creation.
  • International assembly begins with worship - A common song, sung in different voices, marked the beginning of the 2004 General Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Native American, African, Hispanic, Korean, Caribbean and gospel drumbeats called the church together for its quadrennial legislative assembly. The 998 delegates and more than 1,000 visitors joined a mass choir and orchestra in the historic hymn “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” at the April 27 “Service of Holy Communion and Remembrance.”
  • United Methodists cook up snacks for delegates - Despite John Wesley’s historic counsel that “for studious persons, about eight ounces of animal food and 12 of vegetable in 24 hours is sufficient,” delegates and visitors to the 2004 General Conference of the United Methodist Church will enjoy sugary snacks during breaks at the April 27-May 7 worldwide gathering here.
  • Bishops say God is calling church to a new future - The bishops of the United Methodist Church believe God is calling the people of the church to a new future and a new creation.  “The promise of a new creation provides the foundation and vision for the church’s mission in this new millennium,” said Bishop Kenneth L. Carder of the Mississippi Area, speaking on behalf of the Council of Bishops.
  • The New Creation & The Church's Mission - Text of the Episcopal address.

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