A weekly news update from The Alaska United Methodist Conference
We want to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make this past weekend's Annual Conference a success.
There were lots of wonderful local Seward folks that helped house delegates. We also appreciate those of you that helped with transportation. Seward UMW and Zudy's Cafe provided our lunches and Seward UMC had wonderful break snacks.
A big thank you goes to Julie Doepken for helping to entertain the kids during the plenary sessions and to Pastor Jim Doepken for doing an excellent job as host pastor.
The members of Seward Memorial UMC and Moose Pass UMC did a lovely job hosting everyone. Thank you!
Annual Conference Photos
Photos (left to right, top to bottom) - Unalaska UMC receives the One Matters award from Bener Agtarap of Discipleship Ministries, Barbara and Charlie Mitchell of Aldersgate UMC receive the Outstanding Layperson(s) of the Year Award, Paul Williams received the Harry Denman Award as a Layperson, Lisa Talbott received the Harry Denman Award as a Clergy person, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky giving her Episcopal Address, Superintendent Carlo Rapanut giving his Superintendent's Address, Asiaqnataq Charley Brower giving the Native Leader's Address, Jo Anne Hayden giving the Lay Leader's Address, Bishop Elaine Stanovsky and Superintendent Carlo Rapanut presiding over the Ordination service, Superintdent Carlo Rapanut and newly ordained Asiaqnataq Charley Brower, Dinner cruise, Resurrection Bay.
Methodist History, the academic journal of the General Commission on Archives and History, has arrived at the Conference office for checkout.
The April 2018 issue has the following stories: The Bible Told Them So: A Look at the Wesley's Reliance Upon the Scriptures; American Methodism and "The New Morality"; Time, Place, and Space: Mapping Ocean Grove, New Jersey, ca. 1870 to 1880; and some book reviews.
AK Child & Family is looking for car magazines for a "Build Your Engine" group they are developing. If you have any, please bring them to the Jesse Lee Campus Monday - Friday between 8:30am - 4:30pm. They would be grateful. If you have any questions, please contact Kelli Williams.
Petition submission for GC2019 begins June 6
Petitions for the 2019 special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church may be submitted to the petitions secretary from June 6 to July 8. Detailed instructions for formatting and submitting a petition are now available.
The Judicial Council has opened the way for the special General Conference to receive petitions from more than the Council of Bishops. The question remains: What sort of legislation can be submitted?
The denomination's top court, in Decision 1360, ruled that any United Methodist organization or individual can submit petitions "as long as the business proposed to be transacted in such petition is in harmony with the purpose stated in the call."
Determining what qualifies as in harmony, the Judicial Council says, is the job of General Conference itself, "through its committees, officers and presiders" and its "rules and procedures." Business deemed not in harmony will not be allowed unless approved by a two-thirds vote of General Conference.
So the crucial matter of the parameters for legislation is still to be decided.
In response to the #MeToo movement, the Commission on the Status and Role of Women has developed a resource to help address the problem of sexual misconduct throughout the church and in society at large. The "#MeToo Toolkit: Resources for a faithful response" has been designed for people in all ministry settings.
Submissions - If you have an article or event that you would like to share with the rest of the conference, submit it to the conference office by Monday evening for consideration.
The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Held and supported by the transforming relationship with God through Christ, we of the Alaska United Methodist Conference seek to be a community that creates a home for all peoples, finds our hope through grace and journeys together into God's preferred future.