CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE
From the Reconciling Ministries Network
Bishop Sprague to Address Clergy Alliance
Bishop C. Joseph Sprague, bishop of the Northern Illinois Annual
Conference of The United Methodist Church, will address members of
the Clergy Alliance on April 16, 2002 in Chicago.
A bishop-turned-activist, Bishop Sprague engaged in civil
disobedience at the General Conference 2000 in Cleveland, joining
protesters who were seeking to overturn the denomination's anti-gay
policies. Sprague was arrested twice during the 10-day session.
Bishop Sprague will provide an analysis of the challenges and
opportunities facing those who support the full inclusion of lesbians
and gay men in The UMC.
The Clergy Alliance is composed of persons called to ordained
ministry (including seminarians and those called to ordained ministry
but unable to serve because of sexual orientation restrictions)
within The United Methodist Church who summon the church to a deeper
level of spiritual and theological integrity in relationship to
persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities and their
full inclusion in all aspects of the church's life.
The network is dedicated to active forms of teaching, organizing,
strategizing, resistance, and support for one another to help the
church become more faithful to the radical love of Christ.
The Clergy Alliance will meet in Chicago April 16-17, 2002. Following
Bishop Sprague's address, members will work in one of the four C.A.
pods: Reform, Radical Obedience, Theology, and Church Within a
Church. There will also be time to renew ourselves through worship
The meeting will be held at the International Conference Center at
4750 N. Sheridan Rd. (312.769.6363), which will also provide us with
room and board. Our time together will begin registration at 9am
Tuesday morning April 16 (meeting to begin at 10am) and conclude by
4pm Wednesday, April 17.
Directions to the conference center are available on-line at
Jenn at the RMN office will be handling registration. Please send her
the following information:
You will make your own housing arrangements - OR -
Nights housing needed at the center: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday
Type of lodging desired:
Single room ($35/night)
Double room ($28)
Lower Bunk Bed ($24)
Any bunk ($13)
Bunk beds are in large dormitory rooms.
Single and double rooms are limited and will be reserved on a
first-come basis. There are no private washrooms.
(We need to know, for each day, what meals will you be taking at the
center. The food there is delicious.)
Monday breakfast ($5) lunch ($6) dinner ($7)
Your cost will be dependent upon your choices! Please email your
request to Jenn at the RMN office � jenn@....
In addition to room and meal fees, there is a $30 registration fee,
to cover other expenses related to our meeting.
We hope you can join us as we continue in the struggle for justice
for all of God's children.
For more information, contact Clergy Alliance co-chairs:
Don Fado: donfado@...
Karen Oliveto: kawen@...
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