|Sunrise - August 20, 2013|
Each UMC church in Kansas and Nebraska can send a lay delegate. And I'm ours. I've read the 164-page plan, and I've been interested in the debate that inevitably happens when you bring 1,700-plus people together to try to agree on something. The Plan is a starting place for the new Great Plains Conference that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, leaving behind three separate conferences.
There will undoubtedly be more debate this morning and into the closing sessions tomorrow. But this afternoon, the delegates will spread out to Serve Salina, an initiative that will help individuals, families and agencies. Wearing our brand new T-shirts, we'll attempt to make the new vision statement more than just words ... through our hands, feet and actions. (For The Salina Journal's story about the volunteer event, click here.)
"The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."