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ADVISORY: Bishop Minor will go online in Oct. 30 chat session

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Date 27 Oct 1998 15:02:50

Oct. 27, 1998        Contact: Tim Tanton*(615)742-5470*Nashville, Tenn.

By Carolyn Drager*

Bishop Ruediger Minor, who presides over the Eurasia Conference, will
answer questions during a chat session on the Illinois Great Rivers
Annual Conference World Wide Web site from 7 to 8 p.m. CST Friday, Oct.

Minor, who formerly served as bishop over the East German Conference of
the United Methodist Church, was named the first presiding bishop of the
Eurasia Conference, which encompasses most of the former Soviet Union.
Before his election as bishop, he was president of the United Methodist
seminary in Bad Klosterlausnitz in the former German Democratic

The bishop is fluent in English, and will answer questions posed to him
through the Rev. Bob Morwell, who will serve as moderator. Morwell is
chair of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference Commission on
Communications and has known Minor for 12 years.

Those who wish to ask Minor questions should relay them through Morwell
before the chat begins. Questions may be sent to him at

Please do not e-mail questions during the chat, and do not enter
directly into the conversation, because that will disrupt the flow of
the session and make it difficult for the bishop to respond.

Issues that Minor will address include the status of the United
Methodist Church in Russia following the ratification of laws
restricting foreign mission churches; the work of the church in helping
to relieve the suffering of the people; and Volunteers In Mission
opportunities throughout the Eurasia Conference. The Web address is

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*Drager is assistant editor of The Current, the biweekly newspaper of
the United Methodist Church's Illinois Great Rivers Conference.

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