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  • U.M. Cornet
    CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE Affirmation s web site has been updated with new material and a special General Conference logo which includes these words:
    Message 1 of 5 , May 1, 2000
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      CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE

      Affirmation's web site has been updated with new material and a special
      General Conference logo which includes these words: "It's Christ's Table.
      Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"

      We also have a pop-up box with links to a number of different General
      Conference web sites, including the 3 AMAR Coalition sites, Affirmation,
      Methodist Federation for Social Action, and the Reconciling Congregation
      Program.

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      Monday May 1 1:07 PM ET
      Methodists May Split on Gay Issue
      By RICHARD N. OSTLING, AP Religion Writer

      NEW YORK (AP) - Policy-makers for America's third-largest religion, the
      United Methodist Church, meet Tuesday in Cleveland, where they will make
      crucial decisions on homosexuality - an issue so divisive that there is talk
      of schism.

      There are two versions of this story. They may even be identical.


      http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000501/us/methodist_conference_1.html

      http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000501/us/methodist_conference_2.html
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    • U.M. Cornet
      CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE 1. Correction from yesterday: the Friends of RCP Circle of Love happens on Saturday, May 6-- not Saturday, May 7. 2. MFSA has
      Message 2 of 5 , May 4, 2000
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        1. Correction from yesterday: the Friends of RCP Circle of Love happens on
        Saturday, May 6-- not Saturday, May 7.

        2. MFSA has the May 3 edition of their daily SQB online. It is in PDF
        format so you need the free Acrobat Reader in order to read it.

        http://www.wisconsinumc.org/mfsa/may3.pdf
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        General Conference Agenda for Thursday, May 4

        8:00 a.m. Choral Music
        8:15 a.m. Worship
        9:00 - 9:15 a.m. United Brethren in Christ & Evangelical Association 200th
        Anniversary Celebration
        9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Native American Comprehensive Plan
        10:00 - 10:30 a.m. General Council on Ministries Report #1
        10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Legislative Committees
        12:30 - 2:390 p.m. Lunch Recess
        2:30 p.m. Conference business; committee mtgs.
        5:00 p.m. Dinner recess
        7:30 p.m. Evening programs, conference business, committee meetings




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      • U.M. Cornet
        CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE A news snippet and 3 articles.... 2 p.m., May 5 - New Council of Bishops president discusses key issues Bishop William B. Oden,
        Message 3 of 5 , May 5, 2000
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          A news snippet and 3 articles....


          2 p.m., May 5 - New Council of Bishops president discusses key issues

          Bishop William B. Oden, the new president of the United Methodist Council of
          Bishops, predicted that the widespread discussions on homosexuality could
          draw the church closer together and will not be harmful. Oden, installed for
          a one-year term as president earlier today, discussed homosexuality and
          other issues during a press conference. He said the major issues facing
          United Methodism are the global nature of the church, racism, poverty and
          theological education.

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          Two articles in Cleveland's Gay People's Chronicle. Scroll down the page to
          find them.

          http://www.cleveland.com/community/gay/

          1. Methodist conference opens
          Decisions on gay issues may cause church to split
          by Denny Sampson
          May 5, 2000

          Cleveland--The United Methodist Church opened its General Conference on May
          2, where church policy makers are expected to make decisions on
          homosexuality that may cause the church to split.


          2. Mel White: �I was a victim of biblical abuse�
          by Denny Sampson
          May 5, 2000

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          Cleveland conference
          Methodists seek unity about gays
          http://www.dispatch.com/news/newsfea00/may00/264920.html
          Wednesday, May 3, 2000
          By John Affleck
          Associated Press


          CLEVELAND -- The United Methodist Church opened its policy- making meeting
          yesterday with prayers for unity -- even if that means agreeing to disagree
          in the face of divisions over the church's stance on homosexuality.


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        • U.M. Cornet
          CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE A correction, news article, and today s General Conference agenda. 1. CORRECTION: Scared Worth In today s newsletter from
          Message 4 of 5 , May 9, 2000
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            A correction, news article, and today's General Conference agenda.

            1. CORRECTION: Scared Worth
            In today's newsletter from Affirmation. There is a typo in the article by
            Nester Gerente, a gay man from the Philippines. It should read:
            "I am a person of sacred worth. That's what the Bible and the Book of
            Discipline declares." NOT "scared worth"-- though the typo gives some food
            for thought in terms of the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
            transgendered persons (LGBT) today, who have reasons to be scared due to
            spiritual, emotional, and physical violence that has been directed at LGBT.
            More information about violence against LGBT is in the newsletter,
            including stories from the "Silenced Witnesses" project (see photo at
            http://www.umaffirm.org).

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            Tuesday May 09 12:49 AM EDT
            Demo at United Methodist Confab
            http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/po/20000508/co/20000508001.html

            SUMMARY: Proposals in committee and protesters in the streets are working to
            win the swing voters on whom decisions about gays and lesbians in the
            church will rest.

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            General Conference Agenda for Tuesday, May 9

            8:00 a.m. Choral Music
            8:15 Worship
            9:00 Committee on Calendar & Agenda Report
            9:10* Words from a Circuit Rider
            9:13 University Senate Election
            9:23 Calendar Items
            11:45* GCFA Report
            12:05 Conference Announcements and Committee on Presiding Officers
            12:15 Lunch Recess
            2:45 Calendar Items
            5:00 Dinner Recess
            7:20 Gathering Music
            7:30* Calendar Items
            9:35 GCOM: The Advance for Jesus Christ and His Church
            9:55 Announcements
            10:00 Adjournment
            *Order of the Day


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          • U.M. Cornet
            CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE The Agenda today, articles from Chicago and Akron, and video clips. ... General Conference Agenda for Friday, May 12 8:00 Choral
            Message 5 of 5 , May 12, 2000
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              The Agenda today, articles from Chicago and Akron, and video clips.

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              General Conference Agenda for Friday, May 12
              8:00 Choral Music
              8:15 Worship Service
              9:00 Committee on Calendar and Agenda Report
              9:10 Elections & Calendar Items
              12:10 Conference Announcements and Committee on Presiding
              Officers
              12:15 Lunch Recess
              2:20 Gathering Music
              2:30 Report of GCFA
              5:30 Dinner Recess
              7:20 Gathering Music
              7:30 Report of the Committee on Agenda
              7:30 Calendar Items
              10:25 Announcements
              10:30 Adjournment

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              CHICAGO'S METHODIST BISHOP DETAINED IN GAY-RIGHTS ACTION
              By Steve Kloehn
              Chicago Tribune Religion Writer
              http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/article/0,2669,SAV-0005110215,FF.html
              May 11, 2000
              CLEVELAND -- Chicago's Methodist bishop was arrested Wednesday along with
              controversial Chicago pastor Gregory Dell, the grandson of Mohandas Gandhi
              and 188 other gay-rights activists protesting the United Methodist Church's
              ban on homosexual church marriages and ordinations.

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              Methodists to keep anti-gay stance
              Some protest decision at General Conference. Police arrest 29
              people
              BY COLETTE M. JENKINS
              and William Canterbury
              Published Friday, May 12, 2000,
              in the Akron Beacon Journal.
              http://www.ohio.com/aol/aolns/017559.htm
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              This story reports on the decisions yesterday and gives more
              background
              about the woman who stood on the edge of the balcony weeping
              including
              this background: One of those who grabbed the woman, John
              Reynolds, of
              the California-Nevada conference, said she was clearly in pain.

              ``She was in passion. She was in pain. She was putting her whole
              life on the line,'' Reynolds said. ``I don't think she really knew what she
              was doing. I thought she may jump or just fall because she was so
              distressed.''

              The woman, who people referred to as ``The Weeping Woman''
              throughout the day, was taken to the hospital for treatment. Her name and
              condition were not released.
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              Video Summaries: See short clips of the protest produced in TV newscast
              style
              http://www.gc2000.org/audiovideo/videosummaries.htm

              Videos of Complete Sessions: See complete sessions, including worship
              services
              http://www.gc2000.org/audiovideo/videoevents.htm

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