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May 9, 2012

From UMnews

GC2012 packed with action

TAMPA, Fla. (UMNS) — The loud claps of thunder incorporated into the General Conference’s opening worship service on April 24 may have been an omen of what was to come. Nearly a thousand delegates, grouped into 13 legislative committees, considered 1,200 petitions. They raised money to battle malaria; commissioned missionaries; repented for the mistreatment of indigenous people throughout history; and heard from a global lineup of young people, lay people, clergy and bishops. United Methodist News Service reporter Kathy Gilbert sums up much of General Conference 2012 Week One with the Three Ps: Prayer, praise and protest.

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An eyewitness to history

TAMPA, Fla. (UMNS) — Ruth Daugherty’s seen a lifetime of changes over the last 11 General Conferences. “Now the delegates are 38 percent female,” said Daugherty, who’s been an elected delegate from the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual (regional) Conference since 1972. “We’re still not where we ought to be, but at that time it was less – much less.” That’s not the only difference.

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