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Methodists Meet for Renewal in Memphis

October 22, 2007

Dear United Methodist Supporter,

This Friday and Saturday, a very important conference will take place. Co-sponsored by UMAction along with the Confessing Movement, Good News/RENEW, Transforming Congregations, and Lifewatch, "A Hope and a Future for Our Wesleyan Heritage" will help prepare renewal-minded United Methodists like you for The United Methodist Church's spring 2008 General Conference.

Due to a number of factors, this particular General Conference will truly be one of the most pivotal in our denomination's history for determining our future direction.

While we realize that this is short notice, we would like to invite you and other like-minded United Methodists you know to make plans to attend.

Whether or not you are able to make it, we especially urge you to please encourage any individuals recently elected as a General Conference or Jurisdictional Conference delegate to attend, letting them know that scholarship money is available for such persons.

Please see the flyer below for further information.

We hope to see you in Memphis!

Yours in Christ,

Mark Tooley
Director, UMAction


A conference for General and Jurisdictional Conference delegates and all United Methodists committed to the renewal and unity of the church

Sponsored by the 2008 Renewal and Reform Coalition
(Confessing Movement, Good News/RENEW, LifeWatch, Transforming Congregations, UMAction)

DATE: OCTOBER 26 & 27, 2007
(Begins Friday, October 26 at 1:30 p.m. Ends Saturday noon, the 27th)

4488 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38117
Across the street from Oak Court Mall. Four miles West of I-240
(For Directions, go to: http://www.cumcmemphis.org/)

Invitation Committee: Maxie Dunnam, Bill Bouknight, John Ed Mathison, Joy Moore, Gloria Brooks, Thomas C. Oden, and Tom Lambrecht.

On behalf of the coalition of renewal and reform movements within the United Methodist Church, we are inviting you to join us for 24 hours of holy conferencing in preparation for General Conference. Our theme for our time together is: "A Hope and A Future Through Our Wesleyan Heritage." We look forward to worshiping and praying together.

A number of able, gifted United Methodist leaders will address six of the most critical issues likely to come before General Conference. These speakers include: Eddie Fox, Rob Renfroe, Tom Lambrecht, Ron Enns, Greg Stover, Les Longden, Jerry Kulah, Dixie Brewster, Margaret Sykes, and others. Worship speakers include Bill Bouknight (opening) and Gloria Brooks (closing on Saturday). BishopWilliam Morris will give the Bible Study on Saturday morning. Music will be under the leadership of Wayne Sigler and Christ UMC musicians.


- General Conference in the Context of a World-wide Church
- Advocacy for Women and Children
- The Renewal and Reform Coalition at General Conference 2008
- The Critical Role of the Judicial Council
- Doctrine, Accountability, Leadership and The Council of Bishops
- Membership Standards
- Empowering the Central Conferences

Housing: You should make your own arrangements at one of the many nearby hotels/motels. When you register, you will receive a list of the hotels with contact information.

Scholarships: If you are a delegate and need scholarship help to be able to attend, some funds are available for that purpose. Please communicate your need in writing to Rev. Tom Lambrecht, Faith Community UMC, North 1966 Julius Dr., Greenville, WI 54942. Email Tom at: revtom5@sbcglobal.net .

Registration: $50 per person prior to October 1st. After October 1st, $75. This includes your dinner Friday evening at Christ Church and a Continental Breakfast on Saturday morning. We cannot accommodate more than 500 participants. Registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Send registration to: 2008 Renewal & Reform Coalition, 7995 E. 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219. Email to: confessingumc@iquest.net. Or phone: 317-356-9729.

Institute on Religion and Democracy
1023 15th Street NW, Suite 601
Washington D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 682-4131
Fax: (202) 682-4136


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