WPAUMC at General Conference Blogs

Meeting Brings Hope for General Conference

1/15/2019

On Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Pittsburgh International Airport, I boarded a plane bound for Dallas/Fort Worth to participate in a January 11-12 meeting of the General Conference Committee on Reference.  I served on the Committee during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, OR, and although the Committee does not normally meet outside a session of the General Conference, we were summoned in mid-December to reconvene in advance of the February 2019 special called session of General ...


A Letter on A Way Forward

7/30/2018

In the past week, Butler District Superintendent Eric Park wrote the following letter to clergy and leaders in the Butler District offering his thoughts on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward. Since then, on Aug. 1, the official translations of the Commission on a Way Forward's report to the General Conference were released. The English version can be found here. Greetings, friends.   Grace and peace to you as you continue to communicate the love of Jesus to a world that desperately ...


An Unstoppable Young Woman

5/16/2016

What makes an unstoppable young woman?   One who… Sleeps on the floor on a blow-up mattress so she can volunteer at General Conference; Volunteers at the UMW booth and the General Conference information booth; Gets up early to leave the apartment at 6:45 and catch the 7:00 bus so she can attend WPA delegate devotions at 7:30 and General Conference opening worship at 8:00; Interacts with others about what they are experiencing and shares her experiences; Is flexible and considerate of others; ...


WPAUMC General Conference Notes

5/11/2016

In addition to our WPAUMC delegates and volunteers, others with ties to Western Pennsylvania are involved in the General Conference. As the gathering progresses, we'll offer some news and notes about their activities gleaned from news reports, messages and social media. Gregory to Lead Lay Leaders Association Conference Lay Leader and WPAUMC Delegation Chair is the new president of the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders. The organization, which works through UMC Discipleship ...


Words. Words! SO MANY WORDS!

5/9/2016

As General Conference 2016 begins, I am drowning in words!  The Advanced Daily Christian Advocate arrived by mail several weeks ago in five bound volumes containing 1475 pages.  My legislative section – Ministry & Higher Education and Superintendency – will act on more than 225 pieces of legislation.  I’ve received dozens of letters and emails (even a few books and DVDs) advocating for or against particular petitions.  And General Conference-related news stories and blog posts appear on my ...