Wisconsin Conference UMC ENews - January 10, 2020

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January 10, 2020

Soul Food

Reflection from Bishop Jung on the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation

My sacred and beloved siblings in Christ, our Council of Bishops endorsed the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation proposal that offers an end to the current deep division in our United Methodist Church.  I have mixed feelings about the proposal and what it means.

On the one hand, it not only recognizes our differences, but honors a very broad spectrum of beliefs, interpretations, visions, and desires for the church.  Not everyone will be happy, but that has been part of our dilemma – there is no way forward that everyone will agree with or support.  Our guidance to “Do No Harm,” comes to a place of doing the least harm possible in the short term, that we might do more good in the long term.  The Protocol offers a way for moderate and progressive United Methodists to be in ministry in a fully inclusive church and for traditionalists to continue in a ministry that honors certain restrictions.  This also recognizes that there is no healthy, adequate “one-size-fits-all” polity and doctrine for a wondrously diverse global church.  We have arrived at a place where graceful autonomy is required for different regions of our planet to make decisions that allow for effective ministry and witness.  The decisions most appropriate for The United Methodist Church in the United States are not appropriate for Africa, Russia, the Philippines, or other regions of our church.  We progress, we evolve, we adapt at different levels, in different ways, at different times.  In this case, unity has not been a strength. Read More

Latest Conference News

Breakthrough Prayer Training Rescheduled for February 8

The Breakthrough Prayer event initially scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2020 has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 8, 2020 due to this weekend’s winter storm. Registration has been extended to Wednesday, February 5, 2020 for those who have not registered. Register here. If you are bringing more than six people or have any registration questions, please contact Kristy via email kyang@wisconsinumc.org or 608-837-7328.

Rainbow Covenant Reports Due March 31

All churches are encouraged to check out the Rainbow Covenant brochure to see if they have qualified for recognition as a Rainbow Covenant church in 2019.  The brochure includes instructions for reporting and lists the various areas of mission and possible ministries and agencies you may have already contributed to in 2019. It could also help Mission Committees as they plan for 2020 activities! Read More

Connectional News

Comparing Plans Headed To GC2020

Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, has updated its chart outlining denomination restructuring plans to be considered at the 2020 General Conference. The plans include the recently announced "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." View chart
Diverse leaders' group offers separation plan

Watch Livestreamed Panel Discussion on Separation Plan

Members of the team that developed a new proposal for The United Methodist Church's future will be interviewed in a livestreamed panel discussion on Monday, Jan. 13. Conducted by UM News, the 60-minute interview will be streamed on the UM News Facebook page and umnews.org beginning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern U.S. Time. The interview will be recorded and archived on umnews.org for future viewing. Read story
Watch livestream

Higher Education and Ministry:Ethnic Leadership Grants Available

The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry has opened applications for Ethnic-in-Service Training grants. The agency awards grants up to $10,000 to programs designed to bolster the recruitment, training and retention of ethnic leaders at every level of the church and its ministry. The deadline to apply is March 5. Learn more


2019 Apportionments and Statistical Reports

Apportionments will be accepted through Friday, January 17, 2020 toward your 2019 Apportionments.. Statistical reports are due January 31, 2020. For more information, read the latest Finance Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Breakthrough Prayer Initiative Training Event

February8, 2020 from 10am – 3pm at Sugar River UMC. Register here by February 5 at 4pm. 

Martin Luther King Jr Celebration

January 19, 2020 at Brown Deer UMC. Learn more

Institute of Congregational Development 2020

This 10-month leadership development opportunity will begin March 3, 2020. Download the ICD Flyer. Register at www.etouches.com/icd2020 by February 3, 2020.

Bishop’s Leadership Convocation of the Laity 2020

March 13 & 14, 2020 at First United Methodist Church in Appleton. There is no charge for attending, but you must register here by March 6, 2020 at 5pm. Read More


Help Wanted

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Lay Servant Training

Advanced Lay Servant: Leading Prayer (Cudahy) (Sun Jan 12 @ 1:00PM)
Advanced Lay Servant: Planning and Leading Worship (Cudahy) (Sun Feb 09 @ 1:00PM)
Advanced Lay Servant: Polity Class - Method of Our Mission (Cudahy) (Sun Apr 19 @ 1:00PM)

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