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Connectional Table would have maximum of 131 members

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Date Thu, 8 Apr 2004 11:27:21 -0500

April 8, 2004  News media contact: Tim Tanton7(615)742-54707Nashville, Tenn.
7 E-mail: 7 ALL-I{167}

NOTE: This report is a sidebar to UMNS story #166.

A UMNS Report
By John A. Lovelace*

The United Methodist Connectional Table, as proposed by the church's General
Council on Ministries, would comprise between 131 and 134 members as follows:

7	One from each of the 63 U.S. annual conferences.
7	Three from each of seven central conferences outside the United
7	Up to 12 members-at-large for a balance of laity-clergy,
racial-ethnic background, geographic origin and gender.
7	Up to 14 bishops.
7	Top staff executives and presidents of the following 10 general
agencies accountable to the Connectional Table: Board of Church and Society,
Board of Discipleship, Board of Global Ministries, Board of Higher Education
and Ministry, Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns,
Commission on Religion and Race, Commission on the Status and Role of Women,
Commission on Archives and History, Commission on United Methodist Men and
Commission on Communication.

The top staff executives and presidents of the United Methodist Publishing
House and the Board of Pension and Health Benefits would have voice without
vote at the table.

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*Lovelace is a writer and editor in Dallas. He has covered eight United
Methodist General Conferences.


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