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NIC Voice GC2004 Update - Part XII


NIC VOICE is a network of laity in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.
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  • New items are indicated as follows:  NEW!!!! 
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    NEW!!!!  UMC 'high court' says anti-gay stance is church law, but some dissent:  http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/GC04_e.htm
    NEW!!!!  Treasurer: Church finances sobering, but hope remains:  http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/GC04_f.htm
    Previous Reports:
    Bishops call for global conferencing on doctrine, diversity:  http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/GC04_d.htm
    Conference opens with call for praise, prayer, work:  http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/GC04_c.htm
    Effort fails to have bishops preside in committees:  http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/GC04_a.htm
    Bishops express hope for 'holy conferencing: http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/pastoral.htm
    Most in polls would toughen ban on gays, lesbians in church:  http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/polls.htm
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    Pacific Northwest Reconciling Ministries Network: http://www.users.qwest.net/~aspencg/NewFiles/GC.html
     
    NEW!!!! Daily Reports from General Conference
    Pastor Mark E. Williams
    (Note - these reports are numbered beginning with last Monday as Day 1)
    In this report there is a description of the Reconciling Ministries Network worship service at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, including the following:
    Shower of Stoles Display
    Sermon by Janet Wolf, UMC pastor, Nashville, TN which referenced PNWC delegation letter
    Baptism by Bishop C. Joseph Sprague, Northern illinois Conference
  • Day 2 at General Conference  Winifred Keefer
  • Day 3 at General Conference  Winifred Keefer
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    NEW!!!!  Good News Updates:  Focus Home Page

    Focus Newsletter
    Focus 1 4/27 - Welcome to Pittsburgh - Focus Update 1:  04-27-2004
    Focus 2 4/28 - Our Differences Matter - Focus Update 2:  04-28-2004
    Focus 3 4/29 - Rumors of Protest - Focus Update 3: 04-29-2004

    SoulForce's response to Focus Update 3 - 04-29-2004

    Soulforce Responds to Misinformation in Good News Newsletter


    Focus 4 4/30 - Faith Under Fire - Focus Update 4:  04-30-2004

    Focus 5 5/1 - An Initiative for Unborn Children

    NEW!!!!  Focus 6 5/3 - The Conensus of the Faithful

    'Today, one senses among United Methodists a swelling crescendo seeking a return to the sensus fidelium, the consensus of the faithful-that is, the central doctrines of classical Christianity. These are the doctrines that UM clergy have said in public covenant that they have studied, embraced, and will faithfully preach. UM pastors and theologians need to be honest with themselves and the church if their choices remove them from the classical Christian tradition. Such honesty may call for a change of vocations.

    The oft-cited Wesley "Quadrilater-al" has, unfortunately, become a convenient tool for those wishing to set aside unwanted portions of the Apostolic faith by allowing tradition, experience, or reason to override Scripture. As William J. Abraham has written, "Each time you shake Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience, a different configuration emerges. The result is doctrinal chaos and incoherence." Abraham insists the UM Church is a confessional church. "We have a clear body of Christian doctrine spelled out in our doctrinal standards.It is high time that we enter into a new doctrinal reformation which comes to terms with this historical reality."'

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     Institute for Religion & Democracy, UM Action Reports

    UM Action : 2004 General Conference

    The 2004 General Conference of the United Methodist Church is taking place on April 27 through May 7 in Pittsburgh, PA.  UMAction director Mark Tooley is in Pittsburgh, and will be issuing regular reports on the issues and controversies.  Check this page for the most current articles and press releases on the conference.

     

    Two Retired Bishops Address Liberal Caucus about Dammann Trial (30-Apr)
     Methodist Bishops Charge U.S. State Department with Racism (30-Apr)
     

    Church Council Chief Speaks to Church and Society Breakfast (29-Apr)

    United Methodists Debate Homosexuality Among Other Issues (28-Apr)

    Church and Society Chief Lashes Out (28-Apr)

    Former Clinton Spokesman Speaks at General Conference Luncheon (28-Apr)
     
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    NEW!!!! Confessing Movement General Conference 2004 Reports:  http://www.confessingumc.org/
    NOTE:  As of this morning, 5/3, some of these links aren't working.  If they aren't, check the site later today.
    NEW!!!! May 2, 2004
    URGENT
    need for Prayer!
    Please focus from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Monday, May 3, 2004, for the election of Judicial Council members.  The Judicial Council is the Supreme Court of the Church.
     
    NOTE:  There are problems with balloting as this email report is going out (10:12 ET, 5/3) and voting has been delayed.

    NEW!!!! May 1, 2004
    The Judicial Council Speaks(click here)
    Judicial Council Decision No. 984(click here)

    NEW!!!! April 30, 2004 
    Legislative Committee Updates(click here)
    The Confessing Movement at General Conference(click here)

    "The motion for a Declaratory Decision from the Judicial Council yesterday reflects the effort by United Methodists to try to understand just how the Karen Dammann trial court's contradictory verdict could have happened. It simply made no sense. And it left many questioning whether commonly-understood passages in the Book of Discipline actually mean what we thought they did."

    Wednesday, April 28

    Our Differences Matter (click here)

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    Methodists Federation for Social Action (MFSA) Reports
    The Daily SQBs Of General Conference 2004 (in downloadable .pdf format)
     
     
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    Reconciling Ministries Network GC2004 Articles and Reports
     
     
     
     
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    NEW!!!!  Affirmation Daily Newsletter, Drops of Water:
     
    Affirmation General Conference 2004:  http://www.umaffirm.org/gc2004/
     
    NEW!!!!   Affirmation Pictures at GC:  http://umaffirm.org/gc2004/photos.html
    Pictures include Affirmation members at GC, MoSAIC Rally (see related UMNS report posted by CorNet:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UMCalledOut/message/2483), Love Makes a Family display; Shower of Stoles Display
     
     
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    NEW!!!!  Pacific Northwest Reconciling Ministries Network:
     
    (Note - these reports are numbered beginning with last Monday as Day 1)
    This report includes description of reception hosted by local Reconciling United Methodists which included performance of the "Dueling Bankheads" at the reception.  For more information on this group:  http://www.ucmpage.org/news/gc2004_unholy_conference22.html.)
    In this report there is a description of the Judicial Ruling events and more.
    In this report there is a description of the Reconciling Ministries Network worship service at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, including the following:
    Shower of Stoles Display
    Sermon by Janet Wolf, UMC pastor, Nashville, TN which referenced PNWC delegation letter
    Baptism by Bihsop C. Joseph Sprague, Northern illinois Conference
  • Day 2 at General Conference  Winifred Keefer
  • Day 3 at General Conference  Winifred Keefer
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    NEW!!!!  GC2004 Updates by Faithful Christian Laity: 
    Updated May 2: 
  • This unofficial BB is www.ucmpage.org.  Also, see news thread at:  http://www.ucmpage.org/news_page.html#News
     
  • This unofficial BB is being used by Faithful Christian Laity (evangelical group in PNWAC) to provide updates. 
    Cathy Biehler is volunteering with Good News and is attending the entire conference.
     
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    NEW!!!!  UMC 'high court' says anti-gay stance is church law, but some dissent:  http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/GC04_e.htm
    NEW!!!!  Treasurer: Church finances sobering, but hope remains:  http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/GC04_f.htm
     
  • Previous Reports:
    Bishops call for global conferencing on doctrine, diversity:  http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/GC04_d.htm
    Conference opens with call for praise, prayer, work:  http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/GC04_c.htm
    Effort fails to have bishops preside in committees:  http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/GC04_a.htm
    Bishops express hope for 'holy conferencing: http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/pastoral.htm
    Most in polls would toughen ban on gays, lesbians in church:  http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/polls.htm
     
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    Called Out Information Service sponsored by Affirmation - includes updates on GC2004:
     
    "Called Out" is an information service about LGBT religious concerns sponsored by Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay, and Transgendered Concerns. Affirmation is not an official body of the UMC. This is a public, read-only mailing list. Anyone may join, no matter what their opinions. The sponsors of this list support full inclusion and justice for LGBT people in society and The United Methodist Church. Content and viewpoints of materials and links will vary with the source.
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    Click here for UMNS news summaries and other reports posted by Called Out:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UMCalledOut/messages/
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    As the present General Conference meets in Pittsburgh, however, I have found a certain peace about its final outcome, whatever it may be. I am by no means confident that the vote will go “our” way again. Even if it does, it only means that The United Methodist Church will continue to limp along with all the vibrancy of a whitewashed tomb for yet another four years, outwardly rejecting revisionist morality but inwardly corrupted by the very worldview which embraces it with open arms.
    THE LANGUAGE OF THE SHEPHERD
    Sermon by the Rev. James A. Gibson III
    Marshallville United Methodist Church
    Sunday, May 2, 2004
    (Transcribed and Edited)


    Text: John 10:22-30
    The Church is in a time of crisis. It is a crisis much deeper and a problem much more serious than most of us realize. The issue at the heart of this crisis is not the maintenance of some ancient code of Christian morality. Neither is it, as some have suggested, a question about the authority of Scripture. I would suggest, rather, that the center of the crisis is this man we call Jesus. The question is, are we truly being his sheep, listening to his voice, and responding to the challenge he presents to us? It is a question of the very nature and mission of the Church, the Body of Christ in the world today.
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    Wesleyan Christian Advocate General Conference Updates:  http://www.wcadvocate.org/GeneralConference.htm
    The Wesleyan Christian Advocate is the official newspaper published by the North and South Georgia Conferences of the United Methodist Church.
     
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     2004 General Conference Archive:   http://gatewayumc.org/gc04.htm (updated)
     
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    How to listen/watch GC2004 session
     
    Bandwidth has been added to the UMC; if you continue to have difficulties accessing video/audio feeds at the UMC site, try these alternative links, which are now becoming busy as well:
     
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