Monday, June 16, 2008

New England Annual Conference Wrap Up

This year's New England Annual Conference wrapped up yesterday morning after four days of discernment, celebration and holy conferencing. Highlights of the conference included:
  • Raising over $50,000 for Nothing But Nets
  • Welcoming the Vermont UM churches into our conference come 2010
  • Reconciling rainbow stoles with profits going to support Nothing But Nets
  • Passing prophetic legislation on issues of immigration, HIV/AIDS, and racism
  • Creating a Conference Diversity Sunday
  • Establishing an Anti-Racism Steering Committee
  • Mandating anti-racism training for pastors and churches with cross cultural appointments
  • Inspiring lectures by Rev. Barbara Lemmel
  • Reconciling Ministries Scholarship Presentation and Essay Contest
  • Holy Conferencing on issues of Human Sexuality
  • Commissioning Church and Society to write a new statement of Human Sexuality to supplement the Book of Discipline Par. 161G
  • Prophetic words from retirees including Jonathan Almond, Arlene Bodge, and Gary Nettleton
  • The Environment/Climate Change video from the Global Warming Task Force and pledge forms to take back to our lovcal congregations
For more news from New England Annual Conference, click here.

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