UM Men to Host Friendly Debate About Proposed General Conference Changes

March 28, 2012

The Southwest Texas Conference United Methodist Men will host an informational debate this Saturday (March 31) at 3 p.m., to publicize the denominational changes to be proposed at this year's General Conference session. The event will take place in San Antonio (at Windcrest United Methodist Church) and will be streamed live on the Web at http://www.umcswtx.org/debate-general-conference.

Email questions or concerns to umcdebate12@gmail.com, either in advance or during the debate, for possible inclusion.
 
Participants will be Jay Brim, a Conference lay leader and General Conference delegate; the Rev. Tim McClendon, an elder in the Southeastern Jurisdiction who has been nominated for bishop; and the Rev. Kim Cape, the General Secretary of the Board of Higher Education and Ministry. They will debate several major changes to be explored April 24-May 4 in Tampa, Florida, during the 2012 General Conference session.
 
Brim, a member of the General Conference committee that will present a reorganization plan for the general boards of the denomination, will be arguing for the acceptance of the changes that are "needed," according to the committee's report. McClendon, a member of the same committee, will argue against the changes.
 
Cape will be representing the general boards and will argue for or against the proposed changes, based on whether or not she believes they would help or hinder the Church's ability to minister to God's people around the world.