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SCJ Conference 2016 Live Streamed

logo for 2016 SCJSouth Central Jurisdictional Conference, which will meet at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in downtown Wichita, Kansas starting on July 13th through 16th.

The plenary sessions and worship services will be live-streamed.
http://live.gntv.info/scj/index.html

The worship services on Wednesday evening, and the Consecration of three new bishops on Saturday will be held at Wichita-First UMC. 

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Woven Together | June 2016

 

Woven Together

June 2016

Record Flooding in SCJ

We have experienced record flooding throughout the South Central Jurisdiction this Spring and Summer. Some Conferences are requesting trained ERT’s or other volunteers. For more information on volunteering, contact your local Conference Coordinator. To give, donate via UMCOR’s US Disaster Relief Fund.

SCJ Mission Academy

SAVE THE DATE! The SCJ Mission Academy will be September 11th-14th at Mt. Sequoyah in Fayetteville, Arkansas. An email notification will be sent out when registration becomes available (towards the end of June). Plan to join us in this serene setting for conversations and classes on mission! Email Audrey Phelps with questions.

Zika Warnings Include Men

Updated warnings from the Center for Disease control warn both men and women considering conception within a year of travel of potential birth defects. Visit CDC website to learn more about Zika and it’s effects.

ODIM, Guatemala

ODIM (Advance #3022039) is searching for the next Manager of Clinic Operations to work with them for two years on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. For more information visit the ODIM website.

Mission Teams Seeking Members

Kenya: A mission sponsored by First UMC, Baton Rouge will

travel to Nairobi, Kenya, then to Maua Methodist Hospital for a construction/Bible school mission October 4-20, 2016. The approximate cost per person is $3,600. Contact Judy Foust via email  or phone at 225-938-2172.

Cuba: The Arkansas Conference is offering four mission team opportunities to Cuba; August 19-26, 2016; September 2016 dates TBA; January 19-30, 2017; and March 2017 dates TBA. For more information please contact Nechi Fullerton.

P.O. Box 490   |   Boonville, MO 65233  |   (636) 344-0389   |   vimphelps@gmail.com


www.scjumc.org/mission

    

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Episcopal Candidates

  • Bob Farr – Missouri
  • Lynn Dyke – Missouri (Endorsed by the Women’s Leadership Team.}
  • Jimmy Nunn – Northwest Texas
  • Eradio Valverde – Rio Texas (Endorsed by MARCHA)
  • Ruben Saenz, Jr. – Rio Texas
  • David Wilson – OIMC
  • Morris Matthis – Texas Conference
  • Janice Gilbert – Texas Conference (Endorsed by BMCR)

PLANS FOR 2016 JURISDICTIONAL CONFERENCE IN FINAL STAGES

The 2016 session of the South Central Jurisdictional Conference is in the final stages of planning.  The Host Committee of some twenty people, led by Rev. Evelyn Fisher, has met diligently over the past four years and made excellent plans to have the Conference run smoothly.  They are eager to welcome Bishops, Delegates, Alternates and guests the week of July 11-16. The opening worship at 7:00 p.m. will be Wednesday evening, July 13, 2016.

The Conference will be held in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, located on the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita.  Worship services on Wednesday evening, and the Consecration of three new bishops on Saturday will be at First United Methodist.

On Friday evening the Great Plains Conference will host an Area Night of special interest.  A musical Concert featuring Mr. William McDowell will be presented at the Century Center II Center next to the Hyatt.  The entire community of Wichita are being invited to attend.

Delegations invited to gather in Oklahoma

10/9/2015

Preparing for transition — Episcopal staff from across the South Central Jurisdiction gave support to one another at a September conference in Houston about the 2016 transition of bishops. Standing from left are: Nancy Hinshaw (Texas), Diane Lippitt (Northwest Texas/New Mexico), Pam Weatherford of Oklahoma (Bishop Robert Hayes’ administrative assistant), Rose Kuonen (Arkansas), Dala Dunn (Missouri), and Kathy Moore (Louisiana). Seated are JoAnn McClain (Council of Bishops), Barb Campbell (Great Plains Conference), Dalia Trevino (Rio Texas), and Patty Wood (Central Texas). One presenter was Don House, who chairs the SCJ Episcopacy Committee. Photo by Brant Mills

Preparing for transition — Episcopal staff from across the South Central Jurisdiction gave support to one another at a September conference in Houston about the 2016 transition of bishops. Standing from left are: Nancy Hinshaw (Texas), Diane Lippitt (Northwest Texas/New Mexico), Pam Weatherford of Oklahoma (Bishop Robert Hayes’ administrative assistant), Rose Kuonen (Arkansas), Dala Dunn (Missouri), and Kathy Moore (Louisiana). Seated are JoAnn McClain (Council of Bishops), Barb Campbell (Great Plains Conference), Dalia Trevino (Rio Texas), and Patty Wood (Central Texas). One presenter was Don House, who chairs the SCJ Episcopacy Committee. Photo by Brant Mills

Oklahoma will welcome delegations from eight states Oct. 29-30 for an informational meeting about the 2016 General and South Central Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church.Lay and clergy delegates elected by their peers in 12 annual conferences within the jurisdiction will network at OKC-St. Luke’s Church.

Hosts are Linda Harker and Don Kim, who lead the 34-member Oklahoma Conference delegation.

Global and regional UM meetings are next year

Topics are expected to include legislative proposals and committee service for the global General Conference, set for mid-May in Portland, Ore., as well as introduction of the candidates for bishop who have been officially endorsed.

The South Central Jurisdiction will be in session in Wichita, Kan., next July. David Severe of Oklahoma is the SCJ executive director, responsible for the smooth operation of that event.

State’s 34 delegates discuss managing conflict

At the Sept. 19 meeting of Oklahoma’s delegation, the group agreed to center its work in core values from 1 Corinthians 13, Micah 6:6-8, Mark 12:28-31, Galatians 5:22, and Colossians 3.

Bob Long talked about Oklahoma traditions. Jessica Seay gave advice on managing conflict.

Different viewpoints over societal changes have led some people to speculate whether the denomination will hold together when the General Conference meets, the United Methodist News Service (UMNS) recently reported.

There have been serious disagreements before on social, theological, and church governance issues, Alfred Day III, of the General Commission on Archives & History, told UMNS.

The lens of history allows the Church to take a longer view and discover that “somehow, God and the Spirit are in the process” all along. “I think we don’t give ourselves enough credit,” he said.

The larger cultural currents that have been part of the General Conference experience since the 1960s are summarized in the book “United Methodism at 40.”

Four years ago, Oklahoma also invited SCJ delegates to St. Luke’s for a networking event, preceding the quadrennial conferences of 2012. Sixty percent of them attended.

South Central Jurisdiction Delegate Reports on Meeting

by November 5, 2015
The South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church met this week in Oklahoma City for what we called a “Delegate Meeting.” It wasn’t the actual conference, but rather a training event designed to get us prepared for the work ahead. Here is my reflection on the event, for any who may be interested.

We had a chance to meet the candidates for bishop. Alphabetically, with their Annual Conference:

  • – Bob Farr, from Missouri
  • – Janice Gilbert, from Texas
  • – Ron Henderson, from North Texas
  • – Morris Mathis, from Texas
  • – Jimmy Nunn, from Northwest Texas
  • – Ruben Saenz, from Rio Texas
  • – Erradio Valverde, from Rio Texas
  • – David Wilson, from Oklahoma Indian Missionary

These are the people who are currently in the mix for election, though there may be more who emerge. I am not 100% certain how many we are electing, but the number I have heard floating around is three.

It was good to see them, to have a face to go with a name (except for Jimmy Nunn who was not present), but we didn’t have much chance to speak with them at this meeting. That will come next Spring when each delegation has a chance to interview each candidate one on one.

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A couple of topics of discussion were centered on the global nature of the United Methodist Church:

Bishop Patrick Streiff of the Central and Southern Europe Conference presented some work being done to create a “Global Book of Discipline” that would identify parts of our polity that are universal across the denomination, and parts that could be adapted for particular contexts. They will bring no specific proposals to General Conference, but ask the Conference to affirm the direction their work has taken and continue it for the next four years.

We received information about a related proposal coming to General Conference. This idea would create a “Central Conference” for the United States which would be the equivalent of the seven other Central Conferences around the world. The rationale for this proposal is to create a forum for discussing those issues that are unique to the North American context, in the same way that the other Central Conferences can in their own locales.

I am in favor of both of these ideas, which are aimed at keeping the global identity of United Methodism while at the same time trying to find ways to be more flexible in our mission in various contexts around the world.

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A significant rule change is being proposed that would change the way the General Conference talks about all of the petitions that pertain to human sexuality.

 

– See more at: http://um-insight.net/perspectives/report-from-south-central-jurisdiction-s-delegate-meeting/#sthash.eVKb76L5.dpuf

SCJ: 2016 Exhibitors Welcome

During the South Central Jurisdictional Conference (July 2016 in Wichita, Kansas) delegates will be able to visit a variety of booths and exhibits. If your organization or ministry would like to have a presence at this event, reservations are now being accepted.

 

LPI and Boston Avenue UMC have new video

A new video prepared by the mission team from the Boston Avenue UMC in Tulsa shows how a day at Lydia Patterson Institute unfolds. LPI was delighted to have the Boston Avenue folks onsite and wish to express their gratitude to Dr. David Wiggs for making this possible.

Watch in on Youtube at http://youtu.be/ons9Ujiqqj0 or below

Theme set for 2016 Jurisdictional Conference

The Great Plains Annual Conference will host the Jurisdictional Conference, July 13-16, 2016 in Wichita, Kansas. The theme will be: Rejoice in the Harvest.

Great Plains Conference proposed the theme, and the SCJ Mission Council has approved it.

Bishop Scott Jones also announced that there will not be a registration fee charged for this conference.

Annual Conferences have elected their delegations. There are 216 delegates plus about 60 alternates elected.  The rules require that any person elected to the Episcopacy must obtain 60% of a ballot cast to be elected.  Thus, if all 216 cast a ballot it will take 130 votes to elect.  Any Elder in good standing in the United Methodist Church is eligible to be elected.  They do not have to be from this Jurisdiction.  However, this Jurisdiction has never elected anyone outside the bounds of the SCJ.  There will be three bishops elected in Wichita.

Handbook for Mission Volunteers

HandbookA Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers provides a new approach for engaging in God’s mission around the world.  The handbook will be a valuable resource for United Methodist Volunteer in Mission team leaders and members, and others who are involved or wish to be involved with short term mission journeys. This new handbook was prepared through the collaborative effort of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, The General Board of Global Ministries and the General Board of Discipleship.

A Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers is now available for purchase through the Upper Room Online bookstore http://bookstore.upperroom.org, or available from Amazon either as a print copy or an e-book. The Upper Room provides discounts for book orders from jurisdictions, annual conferences and local churches. Call Upper Room for more details 800.972.0433.