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NIC Voice GC2004 Update - Part XIX

NIC VOICE is a network of laity in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.
New items are indicated as follows:  NEW!!!! 
Commentary by Rev. James Gibson, III
There is but one truth which binds the Church together. That truth has a name. That name is Jesus. Accept no imitations
NEW!!!!  Today's Press Articles on GC2004 (5/4/2004 PM - See NIC VOICE General Conference Update # 16 for earlier headlines)
UMC General Conference Wrestles With Homosexual Issues
Pro-Homosexual Members Mount Silent Protest As Church Reaffirms Traditional Stance

By Jim Brown and Jenni Parker
May 4, 2004

PITTSBURGH, PA (AgapePress) - Theological conservatives in the United Methodist Church have scored a big victory at the denomination's General Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the General Conference has decided not to adopt a resolution amending the denomination's discipline to make it more accepting of homosexuality.

Christianity Today, Week of May 3

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:

Previous Reports:
Editorial Analysis Breaking our unity in Christ:  http://www.reporterinteractive.org/news/042804/GC04_g.htm
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 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
    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 UMC Denomination Page:  http://www.soulforce.org/denomination/umc/index.shtml

    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


    Focus 7 5/4 - Legislation Worth Following - includes commentary on legislation considered today, and the following endorsements for Judicial Council:

    UM DECISION 2004 Judicial Council Endorsements

    03  David Beckley - Mississippi (African-American)
    07  Daniel F. Evans - South Indiana (Caucasian)

    Laity Alternate
    08  P. Edwin Gausi - Liberia (Central Conference African)

    02  Dennis L. Blackwell - Greater New Jersey (African-American)
    03  Gloria Brooks - West Ohio (Caucasian)

    Clergy Alternate
    07  Rodney G. Steele - Arkansas (Caucasian)

    NIC VOICE Editor's Note:  From today's UMNS article (http://www.umc.org/interior.asp?ptid=17&mid=4505), these were elected:

    Those elected and their annual (regional) conferences are Jon R. Gray, Missouri, and Beth Capen, New York (, were elected as lay members. The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, South Carolina, and the Rev. Dennis L. Blackwell, Greater New Jersey, were elected as clergy members.



    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!!!!  Homosexuality Scholar Speaks at UM Action Lunch (4-May)

    UM Action Hosts Event on Persecuted Christians (3-May)
    Liberal UM Caucus Celebrates "Gay" Cause Again (3-May)
    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)
    Methodists Federation for Social Action (MFSA) Reports
    The Daily SQBs Of General Conference 2004 (in downloadable .pdf format)
    NEW!!!!  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
    Articles include:
      • No Prayer Allowed
      • The Call Never Goes Away
      • Something is Missing
    Pacific Northwest Reconciling Ministries Network:
  • Day 2 at General Conference  Winifred Keefer
  • Day 3 at General Conference  Winifred Keefer
    NEW!!!! 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/
    NEW!!!! Prayer Witness and Procession to David Lawrence Convention Center:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UMCalledOut/message/2488
    NEW!!!! Affirmation Hot Water Topic: Gender & Identity:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UMCalledOut/message/2489
    NEW!!!! General Conference Fails to Acknowledge Truth That UMC Is Not of One Mind:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UMCalledOut/message/2492
    NEW!!!! Group Holds Silent Demonstration for Inclusion of Homosexuals:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UMCalledOut/message/2493
    NEW!!!! Four Elected to United Methodist Judicial Council:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UMCalledOut/message/2495
    NEW!!!! Op-ed by Laura Montgomery Rutt on General Conference, May 4:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UMCalledOut/message/2496
    2004 General Conference Archive:   http://gatewayumc.org/gc04.htm (updated) - includes audio, video and transcripts!
    Petitions Status and Legislative Tracking:
    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.
    Confessing Movement General Conference 2004 Reports:  http://www.confessingumc.org/
    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.

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

    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)


    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:





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