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NIC Voice GC2004 Update - Part XIV

NIC VOICE is a network of laity in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.
  • NIC VOICE General Conference Update # 14
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    NIC VOICE is a network of laity in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.
    New items are indicated as follows:  NEW!!!! 
    NEW!!!!  Today's Press Articles on GC2004 (5/3/2004):
    Lesbian minister accuses church council of 'end-run appeal' By ELIZABETH M. GILLESPIE

    "SEATTLE -- A lesbian minister acquitted in a church trial over her sexuality says she figured her case would be vigorously debated at this year's General Conference of the United Methodist Church, but didn't expect a review of whether the verdict should be overturned."

    Methodists Order Review of Lesbian Pastor's Acquittal
    African Delegates Voice Concerns Over 'American Focus' on Homosexuality
    The case of an openly lesbian pastor who won acquittal on charges that she violated the United Methodist ban on gay pastors was before the top church's court Monday.
    Methodist Law Says No To Gay Ministers
    Lesbian Methodist faces church backlash
    by Ann Rostow

    Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network

    "Karen Dammann, a lesbian pastor who was acquitted last March of violating Methodist church law, found herself back in the hot seat last weekend.


    On Saturday, the Methodist's Judicial Council ruled 6-3 that active homosexuality was incompatible with Christian teaching. The opinion from the church's high court was a rebuke to the 13-member jury that found the law too ambiguous to remove Dammann from the pulpit. "

    NEW!!!! http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/118/12.0.html (additional links in article)

    Christianity Today Weblog: Methodist Council Says Homosexuality Is 'Incompatible' with Christian Teaching
    Further ruling could all but overturn the acquittal of a homosexual minister.
    Compiled by Rob Moll | posted 05/03/2004


    NEW!!!!  Reporter Interactive:

    NEW!!!!  Editorial Analysis Breaking our unity in Christ by Cynthia B. Astle, Editor :  http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/GC04_g.htm
    Previous Reports:
    UMC 'high court' says anti-gay stance is church law, but some dissent:  http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/GC04_e.htm
    Treasurer: Church finances sobering, but hope remains:  http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/GC04_f.htm
    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
    Pacific Northwest Reconciling Ministries Network: http://www.users.qwest.net/~aspencg/NewFiles/GC.html
    (Note - these reports are numbered beginning with last Monday as Day 1)
  • Day 6: Saturday May 1 Report
  • Day 5: Friday April 30 Report
  • Day 4: Thursday April 29 Report
  • Day 3: Wednesday April 28 Report
  • Day 2: Tuesday April 27 Report
  • Day 1: Monday April 26 Report
  • 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
    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

    Focus 6 5/3 - The Consensus of the Faithful


     NEW!!!! 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.

    NEW!!!!  UM Action Hosts Event on Persecuted Christians (3-May)
    NEW!!!!  Liberal UM Caucus Celebrates "Gay" Cause Again (3-May)
    NEW!!!!  Press Release: United Methodists Become First Mainline Church Against Same-Sex Marriage (3-May)


    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)
    Confessing Movement General Conference 2004 Reports:  http://www.confessingumc.org/
    NOTE:  As of this evening, 5/3, some of these links aren't working.  If they aren't, check the site later today.
    May 2, 2004
    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.

    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)

    Methodists Federation for Social Action (MFSA) Reports
    The Daily SQBs Of General Conference 2004 (in downloadable .pdf format)
    Reconciling Ministries Network GC2004 Articles and Reports
    NEW!!!!  Affirmation Daily Newsletter, Drops of Water:
    Affirmation General Conference 2004:  http://www.umaffirm.org/gc2004/
    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
    This newsletter is also posted here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UMCalledOut/message/2485 with the following added commentary by CorNet:
    "...Your supportive prayers are needed very much. Already, on Saturday,
    the General Conference added these words to the Social
    Principles: "We support laws in civil society that define marriage as
    the union of one man and one woman."

    This sentence was submitted by Mark Tooley, staff of the anti-gay
    Institute for Religion and Democracy (IRD) whose aim is to destroy
    the United Methodist Church's traditional theological openness (which
    originated with John Wesley) and undermine our denomination's
    ministry, mission, and structure. Among other things, the IRD is
    seeking to dismantle General Board of Church and Society ..."
    Pacific Northwest Reconciling Ministries Network:
  • Day 2 at General Conference  Winifred Keefer
  • Day 3 at General Conference  Winifred Keefer
    GC2004 Updates by Faithful Christian Laity: 
  • 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.
    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.
    Click here for UMNS news summaries and other reports posted by Called Out:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UMCalledOut/messages/

    2004 General Conference Archive:   http://gatewayumc.org/gc04.htm (updated)
    Petitions Status and Legislative Tracking:
    How to listen/watch GC2004 session
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