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DIVERSITY DIALOGUE

DIVERSITY DIALOGUE
MAY 22nd, 1999
ROCHELLE 1ST UMC
ROCHELLE, IL
1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Theme for the Dialogue:
Maintaining our Unity: Doctrinal integrity in conflict with doctrinal diversity

The practice of ministry to the homosexual community:
The Transformation and Reconciling perspectives


Presentations followed by a panel discussion with written questions taken from those in attendance

Priority of admittance will be given to delegates to annual conference and ordained ministers.

Reservations will be necessary to guarantee admittance.


Confirmed Presenters as of April 8th are:

  • Bishop C. Joseph Sprague: Doctrinal Diversity
    Bishop: Northern Illinois Conference

  • Rick Kindschi: Doctrinal Integrity
    Vice-President of Wisconsin Association of Confessing United Methodists
    Delegate to General & Jurisdictional Conferences in 1996
    Served in the 1996 legislative session of Church & Society: Homosexuality

  • Randy Thomas (Living Hope Ministries in Dallas Texas):
    Transforming Ministries

  • The Task Force On Ministry With Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transgendered Persons And Their Families, Churches, And Communities has confirmed that they will have a representative presenting the reconciling viewpoint.

Our moderator with be The Rev. Phil Sheets

For more information contact Rev. Kent L. Svendsen (815) 453-2513 Rochelle Cluster Representative


Tentative Schedule

12:30 P.M. Open the doors to lay delegates and clergy

12:50 P.M. Open the doors to the rest of the public

1:00 P.M. Opening Praise and Worship along with the passing of the peace

1:10 P.M. Introduction: Rev. Kent Svendsen

1:20 P.M. Moderator explains the procedures and ground rules: Rev. Phil Sheets

1:30 P.M. (Speaker TBA) Reconciling perspective is presented

1:45 P.M. Randy Thomas (Living Hope Ministries) Transforming perspective is presented

2:00 P.M. Bishop C. Joseph Sprague: Presentation on doctrinal diversity

2:15 P.M. Rick Kindschi: Presentation on doctrinal integrity

(Index cards will be handed out to those attending for them to write down any questions they might have for the panel discussion to follow. After all four have spoken, we will take a fifteen minute break and gather the written questions for the panel. We will NOT be taking questions from the floor during the panel discussion unless we find ourselves with time on our hands and the group has been polite and accommodating. Our cluster will screen the questions for any offensive or attacking content and remove any duplicates. Then we will give them to the moderator after we return so that he can ask the questions. In that manner he is the only person talking to the panel.)

2:15 - 2:30 P.M. Break

2:30 - 3:30 P.M. Panel Discussion

3:30 - 4:00 P.M. Worship Service with Holy Communion

4:00 P.M. Benediction and Dismissal


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