Women and Girls Can and Do Lead: A Response to the Failure of Amendment One
Last week we became aware of the vote on the five amendments to the Constitution of the United Methodist Church proposed by the 2016 General Conference. The Greater Northwest Cabinet tried to come to grips with the fact that three of them failed to be ratified, and two of those are plainly about justice for the least and powerless. We discussed these shocking results and tried to come up with ways to help our episcopal area understand what has happened and reassure our area of our unwavering commitment to fully including women, supporting women, nurturing women, and both valuing and honoring their leadership in all areas of involvement in the local church, district, conference, and area. The Bishop asked each of us to come up with one sentence to share. One sentence, I thought, "How can I say what needs to be said in one sentence?"
Read the rest of District Superintendent Tim Overton-Harris's thoughts, and his one sentence, here. You can also click on the picture above to link to the video of the full Greater Northwest Area Cabinet's statements.
Upcoming events in the District Superintendent's Schedule:
May 17 Ministry Leadership Team meeting at Conference Center
May 19 Table Talk at Corvallis FUMC
May 20 Charge Conference at Silverton UMC
May 21-22 Transitions Workshop
May 22 Table Talk at Salem FUMC's MICAH building
May 24 Communion at the District Office
May 27 Morningside UMC, Salem
May 30 District Superintendency Committee Meeting
Please let Tim know about significant events happening in your local congregation. He may or may not be able to attend, but he would like to know about them! You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org