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Day 3 – GC2008

Yesterday was the third and final day that I was a part of General Conference in person. Opening worship was excellent including a convicting sermon by Bishop João Somane Machado of the Mozambique Annual (regional) Conference. He had some convicting words for the United Methodist Church, in effect – what happened to the spiritual fervor and missional focus that you had before? A few thoughts from the day:

  • I was interviewed by Jenny for the UMC Young Clergy documentary which she is developing. I think that it is going to be a great project.
  • The human sexuality debate within the United Methodist Church is painful, tense and emotional. At times we just do not trust each other.
  • Another serious and painful issue is the relationship between the United States and other countries – both in the delegate relationships and in the church organization. Too often it felt like us and them.
  • The conferences committee is working on some ground breaking legislation that has the potential to create a seismic shift in the denomination that has great potential for missional effectiveness.
  • Reata Restaurant has amazing food. I ordered my first ever steak medium rare as this is what was recommended for the particular cut. It was good, but I do not think that I will make that level of cooking a habit.

By Andrew Conard

Christian, husband, son, brother, homeowner

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