2004
General Conference
Archive


Day 1 - Tuesday, April 27

Day 2 - Wednesday, April 28

Day 3 - Thursday, April 29

Day 4 - Friday, April 30

Day 5 - Saturday, May 1

Day 6 - Monday, May 3

Day 7 - Tuesday, May 4

Day 8 - Wednesday, May 5

Day 9 - Thursday, May 6

Day 10 - Friday, May 7



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Day 1 - Tuesday, April 27

Bishop Carder

EPISCOPAL ADDRESS: The New Creation and the Church's Mission

Bishop Kenneth Carder
Mississippi Conference


PLENARY SESSION (includes debate below on proposal to have bishops chair legislative committees)


DEBATE re: proposal to have all legislative committees chaired by bishops


UPDATE on delegates unable to get visas to travel to U.S.

James Perry, chair, Commission on the General Conference


LETTER to the General Conf. from First Lady Laura Bush

Read by Kenneth Chalker, Commission on the General Conference



Day 2 - Wednesday, April 28

REQUEST for a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council

Regarding the UM Discipline's language: 'the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.'

Motion made by Fred Haustein, a clergy delegate from the Arkansas Conf.


Gloria Holt

LAITY ADDRESS: One in Spirit, All in Ministry

Gloria Holt, pres., UM Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders
N. Alabama Conference



Day 3 - Thursday, April 29

Bishop Ntambo

SERMON: The Fear of the Lord

Bishop Nkulu Ntanda Ntambo
North Katanga Area
(Democratic Republic of the Congo)


PLENARY SESSION (includes GCFA report below, as well as nominations for the Judicial Council and University Senate)


Sandra Lackore

GCFA REPORT

Sandra Kelley Lackore, chief exec., General Council on Finance & Administration



Day 4 - Friday, April 30

Renita Thomas

SERVICE OF APPRECIATION FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO REMAINED IN THE DENOMINATION DESPITE THE PRESENCE OF RACISM


Bishop Thomas

RECOGNITION OF BISHOP JAMES S. THOMAS FOR HIS ROLE IN ELIMINATING SEGREGATED STRUCTURES WITHIN THE DENOMINATION



Day 5 - Saturday, May 1

PLENARY SESSION

  • Transcript (PDF file -- includes presentation of Judicial Council declaratory decision below.)


Carolyn Marshall

JUDICIAL COUNCIL ISSUES DECLARATORY DECISION (Decision 984)

Regarding the UM Discipline's language: 'the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.' (decision requested here)


Maxie Dunnam

REQUEST for a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council

Regarding implications of Judicial Council Decisions 886 and 984 with respect to the case of The Rev. Karen Dammann.

Motion made by Maxie Dunnam (president, Asbury Theological Seminary), a clergy delegate from the Kentucky Conference.


ITEM supporting 'laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman' (Petition 40369) (NOTE: This item passed without debate.) (transcript is on p. 5 of this PDF file)

Bishop Mary Ann Swenson (Los Angeles Area), presiding



Day 6 - Monday, May 3

MORNING PLENARY SESSION


AFTERNOON AND EVENING PLENARY SESSIONS



Day 7 - Tuesday, May 4

MORNING PLENARY SESSION (includes Judicial Council elections, announcement of Judicial Council decision 985, and debate on altering paragraph 161G of the UM Book of Discipline)


AFTERNOON AND EVENING PLENARY SESSIONS (debate on additional items related to homosexual practice)

  • Transcript (PDF file - includes remainder of Tues. morning session.)

Delegate
Tshibang Kasap 'Owan
North Katanga Conf.

Clergy delegate
Janet Elligner
Wisconsin Conference

DEBATE re: Paragraph 161G in the UM Book of Discipline (Petition 40553) ('... the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.')

(transcript of debate begins on p. 10 of this PDF file and concludes on p. 4 of this PDF file)

Bishop Bruce P. Blake (Oklahoma Area), presiding


DEBATE re: rights of same-sex couples (Petition 40454) and equal rights/'heterosexism' (Petition 40576) (transcript of debate begins on p. 6 of this PDF file)

Bishop Bruce P. Blake (Oklahoma Area), presiding


DEBATE pertaining to Paragraph 304.3 on moral standards for clergy (Petition 40457) (transcript of debate begins on p. 11 of this PDF file)

Bishop Bruce P. Blake (Oklahoma Area), presiding


DEBATE re: amending Paragraph 304.3 to note disagreement within UMC over moral standards for clergy (Petition 40701) (transcript of debate begins on p. 15 of this PDF file)

Bishop Bruce P. Blake (Oklahoma Area), presiding


DEBATE re: amending Paragraph 304.3 to alter the phrase "not to be accepted as candidates" to "not to be certified as candidates" (Petition 40018) (transcript of debate begins on p. 17 of this PDF file)

Bishop Bruce P. Blake (Oklahoma Area), presiding


Carolyn Marshall

JUDICIAL COUNCIL ISSUES DECISION ON DAMMANN CASE (Decision 985)

Regarding implications of Judicial Council Decisions 886 and 984. (decision requested here)


DEBATE pertaining to Paragraph 2702.1 on chargeable offenses for clergy (Petition 41181) (transcript of debate begins on p. 28 of this PDF file)

Bishop William Oden (Dallas Area), presiding



Day 8 - Wednesday, May 5

MORNING PLENARY SESSION

  • Transcript (PDF file - Wed. morning proceedings begin on page two.)

MORNING SESSION (cont'd), AFTERNOON AND EVENING PLENARY SESSIONS

LATE EVENING SESSION

  • Transcript (PDF file - Wed. is concluded in transcript under May 6.)


DEBATE pertaining to whether the Church should have the right to appeal a decision made by a church trial court (Petition 40991) (transcript of debate begins on p. 6 of this PDF file)

Bishop Joe Pennel (Richmond Area), presiding



Day 9 - Thursday, May 6

PLENARY SESSIONS


DEBATE re: decreasing/increasing the number of bishops in the UMC (Petition 40939) (transcript of debate begins on p. 5 of this PDF file)

Bishop Janice Riggle Huie (Arkansas Area), presiding


Pro-homosexuality
demonstrators
stage protest

PROTESTERS DISRUPT CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS FOR MORE THAN 20 MINUTES, CALLING FOR UM CHURCH TO COUNTENANCE HOMOSEXUAL PRACTICE


DEBATE re: the pension plan for UM clergy (Clergy Retirement Security Program - Petition 40325) (transcript of debate begins on p. 34 of this PDF file)

Bishop Gregory Palmer (Iowa Area), presiding


REQUEST for a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council regarding the constitutionality of the new pension plan (transcript is on p. 37 of this PDF file)


DEBATE re: reaffirmation of UM doctrinal standards (Petition 40706) (transcript of debate begins on p. 53 of this PDF file)

Bishop Ernest Lyght (New York Area), presiding


REQUEST for a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council regarding the constitutionality of the resolution on doctrinal standards (transcript is on p. 59 of this PDF file)



Day 10 - Friday, May 7

PLENARY SESSIONS


ONE-MILLION-MEMBER PROTESTANT METHODIST CHURCH OF COTE D'IVOIRE (IVORY COAST) ADMITTED TO MEMBERSHIP IN THE UMC (transcript of debate begins on p. 3 of this PDF file)


Delegates sing
'Blest Be the Tie that Binds'

REMARKS BY DR. BRUCE ROBBINS AND DR. BILL HINSON

Plus proposal and passage of 'unity' resolution

Bishop Joe Sprague (Northern Illinois Area), presiding


REMARKS following adoption of 'This Holy Mystery' as the official interpretive statement of the UMC's theology and practice of Holy Communion (comments by Dr. Ed Phillips, committee chair, and the Rev. Gayle Felton, primary author) (transcript begins on p. 57 of this PDF file)


DEBATE re: continued UM support of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) (Petition 40994) (transcript of debate begins on p. 66 of this PDF file )

Bishop Ed Paup (Portland Area), presiding



Conference News

Effort to have bishops preside in committees fails
UM Reporter, Apr. 28

State Department: Visa denial routine, not racist
The Associated Press, Apr. 29

Denomination's financial foundation in 'need of repair'
UM News Service, Apr. 29

African bishop urges General Conference to 'fear the Lord'
UM News Service, Apr. 29

General Conference prayer room offers place to pray
UM News Service, Apr. 29

Seventeen nominated for four positions on Univ. Senate
UM News Service, Apr. 29

Two dozen nominated for UM Judicial Council
UM News Service, Apr. 29

Judicial Council issues two decisions
UM News Service, Apr. 29

Philadelphia Bishop Weaver installed as president of Council of Bishops
UM News Service, Apr. 29

>Audio report from UM Com


Judicial Council upholds Discipline language on homosexuality as church law
The Associated Press, May 1

>Audio report from UM Com


Methodist ruling puts status of lesbian pastor in doubt
Seattle Times, May 2

Methodists may re-open case of lesbian pastor
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 2

Board of Church and society to propose change in Discipline language on homosexuality
UM Reporter, May 3

UMC establishes 'Home Missioner' office for laymen
General Board of Global Ministries, May 4

>Home Missioner legislation


Four elected to Judicial Council
UM News Service, May 4

Judicial Council won't revisit Dammann case
The Associated Press, May 4

>Audio report from UM Com


General Conference translators: Bridge to global communication
Christian Post, May 5

UM delegates strengthen strengthen stand against homosexual practice
Christianity Today, May 5

Delegates clarify chargeable offenses for United Methodist pastors
UM News Service, May 5

>Audio report from UM Com


Judicial Council rules on apportionment question
UM News Service, May 5

>Transcript (PDF file)


Proposed Methodist Building transfer delayed until at least 2008
The Washington Times, May 6

Bishop Galvan says he would reappoint Dammann, despite Judicial Council ruling
Christianity Today, May 6

Church creates 'Connectional Table' to lead general agency work
UM News Service, May 6

Delegates exchange planning agency for 'Connectional Table'
UM Reporter, May 6

Head of Confessing Movement calls for 'amicable separation'
Christianity Today, May 6

Conservatives consider 'separation' of United Methodist Church
UM News Service, May 6

Text of remarks by the Rev. Dr. Bill Hinson

Q&A with the Rev. Dr. Bill Hinson (scroll to 2nd item)

UM Church divided on homosexuality stand
New York Times, May 6

>Audio report from UM Com


Methodists back away from breakup
Christianity Today, May 7

United Methodists set four-year budget
UM News Service, May 7

Methodists reject schism plan, pass unity resolution
Los Angeles Times, May 8

>Audio report from UM Com


Delegates approve 12.2 percent increase in budget
UM Reporter, May 19

Good News Board responds to unity statement
Good News, May 19



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