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From May 10-20, 2016, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church will meet in Portland, Oregon. United Methodist Women will be there to ensure women, children and youth are a priority for the denomination and are not overlooked in any legislative, budget or theological decisions. Posts by Tara Barnes.

General Conference Day 9—Lay Order

General Conference Day 9: Lay Order passed!

In continuing celebration of deaconesses and home missioners and the unique and necessary work they bring to The United Methodist Church, the General Conference passed the following new paragraph to be added to The United Methodist Book of Disicpline.

Add new paragraph after ¶ 1314 as follows:

Lay Order: Individuals consecrated and commissioned to the Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner in The United Methodist Church form a covenant community in service as a lay order. Like other orders in the church, they respond to a calling from God. In their distinct tradition, they commit to a life-time vocation in full-time ministries of love, justice and service. In covenant with one another, they nurture and care for each other in their individual ministry calls and in community. They share a common study and are prepared based upon their unique gifts. 

Thank you, deaconesses and home missioners, for your servant ministries.

To (still) be brought to the floor for vote
Responsible Parenthood, R05, no. 497, p. 2323
Teen Sexual Identity and Suicide Risk, Discipleship, R05, no. 509, p. 2324
Status of Women, Global Ministries, R05, no. 516, p. 2324
The Girl Child, Global Ministries, R05, no. 517, p. 2324
Children’s Sabbath, Global Ministries, R05, no. 515, p. 2324
Environmental Health, R04, no. 376, p. 2206
Principles for Just and Sustainable Extraction and Production, R04, no. 377, p. 2206

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