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November 7, 2011

Bishops endorse church restructure proposal

LAKE  JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) – United Methodist bishops on Nov. 1 voted overwhelmingly  to endorse proposals to restructure the denomination and redistribute up to $60  million in church funds. The vote specifically endorsed a letter, titled “For the Sake of a New World, We See a New  Church: A Call to Action,” detailing changes — some requiring action  by General Conference, some not.

“We see a new church,” the letter from the bishops says. “It is a church that  is clear about its mission and confident about its future, a church that is  always reaching out, inviting, alive, agile and resilient. We ask all United  Methodists to join us as together we work to do the ‘new thing’ God intends for  our church and discover the path God is making for our future.”

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Black caucus opposes church structure proposals

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (UMNS)— At its 43rd annual meeting Oct. 27-27, the Southeast  Jurisdiction caucus of Black Methodists for Church Renewal expressed concern  over the Call to Action Interim Operation Team’s recommendations related to the  restructure of the church. The group pointed to a proposal that reduces nine of  the 13 general agencies, plus the Connectional Table, into one, with one general  secretary, a 15-member board of directors, and a 45-member board, which may  include some diversity, but only meets once a year. The Call to Action Steering  Team was commissioned by the Council of Bishops with support from the  Connectional Table to conduct an assessment of the practices and processes of  The United Methodist Church.

The group’s statement said: “Looking at how  the general church can operate more effectively and efficiently is a good thing,  but in the present recommendations, the voices and needs of many racial/ethnic  United Methodists do not seem to be present. We believe that full participation  of racial/ethnic persons at the General Church level is essential for producing,  living in and serving a genuinely inclusive and relevant United Methodist  Church.”

UMNS Daily Digest - Produced by United Methodist News Service
Wednesday, November 2,       2011
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