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NIC Voice GC2004 Update - Part XVIII


NIC VOICE is a network of laity in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.
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Following is a forwarded newsletter released today -- it is "Today at General Conference" (5/4)
The following individual reports for 5/4 are available on-line at http://umns.umc.org/.
 
UMNS News Archives: 
http://www.umc.org/interior.asp?ptid=17&mid=3932 (this link includes a summary of the article).
 
If you cannot get on-line to read the following UMNS reports, and you would like the have one forwarded to you, please respond to nicvoice@nicvoice.org and copy the title of the report(s) you would like forwarded to you.
 
The following are all the links currently on the UMNS GC2004 News Archives for today (followed by the forwarded "Today at General Conference - May 4 report): 
Daily wrap up (different than the following report)
Bishops say Judicial Council rulings add clarity

Rural ministries plan will enable smaller churches to ‘do vital ministry’

General Conference Web site draws record number of visitors

Religious leaders criticize Bush administration over Iraq

Delegates make no changes to church’s civil rights stance

Delegates affirm stance against ordaining practicing homosexuals

Judicial Council rules it has no authority to review lesbian pastor’s acquittal

Delegates retain church’s homosexuality stance

Four elected to United Methodist Judicial Council

Group holds silent demonstration for inclusion of homosexuals

Delegates celebrate ecumenical endeavors

Commentary: In the image of the Creator –– Native people and mascots

United Methodists ‘break in’ new convention center

No links found for the following issued via email today:

  • UMNS# GC04057-Delegate Diary: Process difficult, but worthwhile
Click this link to see legislative Calendar Items/Status
http://www.umc.org/Calms/Calendar.asp?mid=2886&TitleSearch=
----- Original Message -----
From: UMC
Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 8:24 PM
Subject: [GENERAL-CONFERENCE-2004-NEWS-UPDATE] Today at General Conference | May 4, 2004

 
 

 

May 4, 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.

HEADLINES

  • Religious leaders criticize Bush administration over Iraq
    United Methodist and ecumenical representatives expressed frustration over what they view as President Bush’s refusal to listen to other religious voices regarding Iraq. Their concerns surfaced during a May 4 press conference at the United Methodist General Conference.
  • Delegates retain church’s homosexuality stance
    Delegates to the United Methodist Church’s top legislative body voted to retain the denomination’s statement that homosexual practice is incompatible with Christian teaching. On May 4, delegates voted to slightly alter the current language in the Social Principles.
  • Four elected to United Methodist Judicial Council
    Two lay and two clergy members of the United Methodist Church are elected to the denomination’s highest court.
  • Group holds silent demonstration for inclusion of homosexuals
    More than 200 United Methodists braved near-freezing temperatures early May 4, to kneel or stand in prayer in front of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh in silent witness to their desire for inclusiveness.
  • Delegates celebrate ecumenical endeavors
    God is calling the churches “to do together what we cannot do apart.” That was the message of Bishop McKinley Young, presiding bishop of the 10th Episcopal District in Dallas for the African Methodist Episcopal Church, to delegates at the United Methodist General Conference.
  • Commentary: In the image of the Creator –– Native people and mascots
    The Lakota borrow a story from the Cheyenne about a little mouse. Hearing a roaring sound, the little mouse follows the noise to the banks of a great river. There he sees the reflection of the Shining Mountains and rushes back to tell the other mice of his discovery.
  • United Methodists ‘break in’ new convention center
    Within the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, there are 10,000 chairs, all of which are being used to seat United Methodist delegates and visitors meeting for the 2004 General Conference.

MEDIA CENTER

  • Homosexuality Debate (Video) – Majority & Minority Opinion

  • Saving Small Churches (Video) Saving small churches

  • Tuesday Morning Worship (Video) Music by Mass Children's Choir | Bishop McKinley Young: "We must remain the conscience of government." | "We are new people."

  • Judicial Council Refuses to Review Trial Decision
    The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church declined to review the decision of a Washington trial court that acquitted a United Methodist pastor. Art McClanahan files the report. (:42, 330K) [download]
  • Council President Says Decision is Unifying
    Bishop Peter Weaver described the General Conference discussion of homosexuality as a fine expression of Christian conferencing and noted that is clarified the position of the church.. Art McClanahan presents the report. (:57, 452K) [download]
  • Baptism Reminders Part of Daily Experience
    As delegates enter the Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh for the General Conference of the United Methodist Church they’re invited to "remember your baptism and be thankful."  Art McClanahan reports. (:33, 259K) [download]
  • Bishop Morrison Lauds Witness
    Bishop Susan Morrison, of the Albany (NY) area of The United Methodist Church praised the “Prayer Witness for the Full Inclusively of Our Church” as "the church at its finest."  Art McClanahan reports. (:45, 354K) [download]
  • March Intended to Surround Conference in Prayer
     Leaders of the “Prayer Witness for the Full Inclusively of Our Church”  hope to  surround the General Conference in prayer, and put a face on the issue by showing the diverse group participating.  Art McClanahan reports. (:58, 456K) [download]
  • Non-violent Instruction Given to Rally Participants
    Rev. Tiffany Steinwert asked those  gathered for the “Prayer Witness for the Full Inclusively of Our Church”  to practice non-violence of the tongue, and the heart and the soul and the spirit. Art McClanahan reports. (:41, 328K) [download]

GENERAL CONFERENCE LIVE STREAMING SCHEDULE

  • May 5, 8:00 a.m.- Ecumenical Worship Service (Audio & Video)

  • May 5, 9:00 a.m. - Morning Plenary (Audio)

  • May 5, 2:30 p.m. - Afternoon Plenary (Audio)

  • May 5, 7:30 p.m. - Evening Plenary (Audio)

  • Access General Conference 2004 live streaming

 

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