South Central Jurisdictional General Conference Delegate Gathering
Sixteen members of the Rio Texas General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation attended the South Central Jurisdictional General Conference Delegate Gathering held at St. Luke’s UMC in Oklahoma City on October 4-5. The gathering, hosted by the SCJ Mission Council, was held to inform the delegates of the three structure options to be presented at the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. The pension implications of each plan were also presented. Delegates from across the jurisdiction joined in a time of listening, learning, worship, prayer, sharing, and developing a sense of community and understanding across different backgrounds and beliefs. The event planners purposefully assigned seating to create a mixed group from different delegations and beliefs at each table, which allowed for a new depth of conversation surrounding the UMC and our mission and purpose. We discussed how that depth applies to the decisions to be made at the General Conference Special Session next February in St. Louis.
Informational Sessions Presented by Rio Texas Delegation
Corpus Christi, Asbury UMC – Monday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Presenter: Carol Loeb
San Angelo, FUMC – Saturday, November 3, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Presenters: Teresa Keese, Ralph Thompson, Andy Smith, Larry Harrison and Rick Mantooth
Hosted by the West District
Kerrville, First UMC – Saturday, November 10, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Presenters: Ralph Thompson, Rev. Andy Smith, Rev. Russell Miller, and Rev. Leslie Tomlinson
Hosted by the Hill Country District
Corpus Christi, Grace UMC – Saturday, November 17, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m., immediately following District Conference
Presenter: Robert Lopez
Hosted by the Coastal Bend District
Austin, Northwest Hills (tentative) – December 1, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.,
Presenters: Rev. Teresa Welborn, Jay Brim, and Rev. Abby Herrera
Hosted by Capital District
Beeville, First UMC - January 20, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Presenter: Carol Loeb
More dates and locations to come.
Adam Hamilton and Bishop Robert Schnase on The Way Forward for the UMC
Bishops Palmer and Schnase share reflections about the work of the Commission on a Way Forward and their hopes for the future of the United Methodist Church.