May 19 Wrap-up: Native Americans, Cost of Special Session and Missionaries

May 19 was a busy day of at General Conference 2016.

Raising Awareness of the Impact of Mascots

The conference passed a resolution calling on United Methodist agencies to raise awareness about the negative impact of sports franchises that use mascots or symbols that disrespect Native Americans. The petition was scaled back from the original in the Discipleship Committee. It originally included language that would have asked United Methodist groups not to have meetings in cities that have sports teams with such mascots or symbols.


New Missionaries

29 new Missionaries were commissioned on Thursday. The come from 11 different countries and will serve in 16 different countries. Among the missionaries commissioned was Rio Texas' own Anna Troy. Anna was commissioned to serve as Outreach Coordinator for Partners in Ministry, Youth Empowered to Succeed, Laurinburg, N.C.



Cost of Special Session

The General Council on Finance and Administration reported that the special called General Conference recommended by the Council of Bishops and Supported by the General Conference would cost approximately $3.39 million for two days and $4.12 million for three days.

Moses Kumar, chief executive of the General Council on Finance and Administration, told the assembly that the special session could be paid for without changing the proposed 2017-2020 general church budget. Kumar recommended shortening the 2020 General Conference to offset the cost.