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Reflections by Jim Winkler on GC

May 1, 2012

Word from Winkler — Reflections on General Conference 
By Jim Winkler, General Secretary, General Board of Church & Society

The United Methodist Church’s highest policy-setting body will meet April 24-May 4 in Tampa, Fla. I want to share some thoughts with you as United Methodists from around the world prepare to assemble for this meeting that occurs every four years.

  • The overriding issue in the United States is membership loss. This is not the case in Africa and the Philippines. U.S. members, succumbing to doom-and-gloom scenarios, are unaware our denomination is growing overall.

    The United Methodist position on homosexuality will change one day, just as it did on racial segregation and women in leadership.

  • The U.S. church is 93% white. It does not represent the diversity of this nation.
  • The United Methodist position on homosexuality will change one day, just as it did on racial segregation and women in leadership.
  • As a person who has worked at the general church level for 30 years, I can assure you that those who wish to hide what they are doing will be able to do so much more easily when overseen by a 15-member board trying to keep track of the remnants of nine agencies — as has been proposed — than under boards focused on each agency.
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    For the rest of the article – http://www.umc-gbcs.org/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=frLJK2PKLqF&b=8054725&ct=11713723

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