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May 2, 2012

‘Plan UMC’ gets tentative approval

TAMPA, Fla. (UMNS) — The campaign to restructure the general agencies of The United Methodist Church continued its roller-coaster ride on May 2. By a vote of 567 to 384, the 2012 United Methodist General Conference tentatively approved a slightly amended version of “Plan UMC” to reconfigure the agencies and downsize their boards. A final vote on the plan will come on May 4 after the delegates learn its financial implications and hear a report from the Judicial Council on its constitutionality.

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Delegates reject divestment from companies

TAMPA, Fla. (UMNS) — In the May 2 afternoon plenary at the 2012 General Conference, delegates approved petitions dealing with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict but did not approve a measure to divest from specific companies. Delegates instead approved a report calling on the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits to explore “serious peace-making strategies in Israel and Palestine, including positive economic and financial investment in Palestine.”

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