Annual Conference, Day 4

I woke up early this morning and decided to take a walk along the river, where there are beautiful paths and gardens. I soon unexpectedly found myself in the middle of the Great Plains Therefore Go 5K run/walk. A minute later I noticed that Pastor Lora and a couple of

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Annual Conference, Day 3

Today was a long, and sometimes frustrating, day of listening. The morning began with worship led by the youth. I was on the Conference Youth Council as a teen and although the organization of this group has changed tremendously over the past 30 years, the comradery and energy of the

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Annual Conference, Day 2

Bishop Saenz opened the first plenary business session of Annual Conference this morning. He joked that is was going to be a great day because he had his “happy socks” on and then pulled his pant leg up to reveal socks printed with happy faces!The session began with organizational details

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Annual Conference, Day 1

Annual Conference is off to a good start. This event is the United Methodist Church’s annual meeting, where 1,700 clergy (pastors) and laity (lay persons) gather to worship, learn, conduct business, and keep in touch with the many happenings within the conference. It is part business conference, part religious gathering,

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Neighboring

“Our church believes we put our faith into action the best when we love our actual neighbors. These are everyday stories from our journey to being better neighbors.” I signed up for a small group study at Grace this summer because I have enjoyed other study groups and because the

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Saturday – Final Issues and Thoughts

We began the last day of Annual Conference with singing. We sang all week, with a mix of contemporary and traditional hymns, and every day began with singing. We also sang as a way of settling ourselves when things became stressful. Several times when debate on topics became contentious, Bishop

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Friday – New Perspectives

When we arrived this morning, there was a beautiful cross and flame symbol on the stage. Upon closer inspection, I realized that the flames were made out of the tiny flowers we’d used during Wednesday’s memorial service. Such wonderful symbolism! The Youth led devotions and music before the session began.

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Thursday – Long Day of Legislation

Today was a long and complicated day at Annual Conference. It was a legislation Day, which is tedious and sometimes difficult. Lots of information was presented and significant decisions had to be made. I’ll try to explain as best I can what went on. We started the morning with Bishop

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Opening Day of Annual Conference

I spent 5 1/2 hours of today driving all the way across Kansas and part of Nebraska. It was a beautiful drive! Our conference is so large that no matter where meetings are held, most people have to travel long distances to get there. Annual Conference began this evening. The

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