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Pro-homosexuality UM's Make Plans To Crash UM High Court Session To Reconsider High Court Decisions Supporting Church Law


From: RMN Flashnet [mailto:flashnet@rmnetwork.org]
Sent: Friday, April 07, 2006 7:38 PM
To: gaylecfelton@aol.com
Subject: RMN Flashnet 2006-04-07

Flashnet!

The Reconciling Ministries Network Digest Friday, April 7, 2006

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RMN MISSION STATEMENT: Reconciling Ministries Network is a national grassroots organization that exists to enable full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the United Methodist Church, both in policy and practice.

1. 10 DAYS UNTIL JUDICIAL COUNCIL WITNESS: APRIL 26-28, OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS

NOTE: Please let the RMN office know of your plans to participate either by email troy@rmnetwork.org or phone 773-736-5526. Please include the days you will be present.

The Judicial Council has received motions for reconsideration of decisions 1031 and 1032 by the Virginia Board of Ordained Ministry and by Bishop Charlene P. Kammerer. These motions have been placed on the Council’s non-docket agenda. These disturbing decisions of exclusion allow for a pastor to refuse to accept a gay man into membership of the UMC. Reconsideration is appropriate after such disregard of the UM Constitution as stated in the unanimous Council of Bishops pastoral letter.

The Council might deny reconsideration. The Council might grant reconsideration in one or both decisions and place that matter on its Fall 2006 docket for briefing and/or oral argument and decision. The Council might grant reconsideration in one or both decisions and proceed immediately to decide the point on which reconsideration is granted.

The Council will meet from Wednesday, April 26, at 2:00 p.m., to Friday, April 28, at noon. The Council takes up non-docket agenda items following completion of the docket agenda. The Council will release an announcement of actions regarding the reconsideration motions at the conclusion of its meeting. No oral hearings are scheduled for this session; therefore, there will be no public sessions of the Council.

Advocates for a welcoming church of "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors", will join together in Overland Park to witness for an inclusive church that reflects Christ’s love and action in the world. You can join us too!

Students from Iliff School of Theology (Denver) and St. Paul School of Theology (Kansas City), are planning their presence with RMN during the April meeting of the Judicial Council. Two local churches, Trinity UMC and Asbury UMC have opened their space for overnight guests bringing a sleeping bag. Each location also offers shower facilities. Host housing may be available, contact Diane Nunnelee, 816-931-1100.

Asbury UMC is located at 5400 West 75th Street, Prairie Village, KS 66208; 913-432-5573.

Trinity UMC is located at 620 East Armour Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64109; 816-931-1100.

For hotel lodgers, a variety of accommodations with a range of prices are within walking distance of the Embassy Suites (10601 Metcalf Avenue @I-435, Overland Park, KS 66212).

Options decreasing in price:

Embassy Suites, 913-649-9382;

Drury Park Inn, 913-345-1500;

Wyndam Overland Park, 913-383-2550;

Red Roof Inn, 913-341-0100; and

Super 8, 913-341-4440.

Internet reservations seemed to offer the least expensive rates.

Witness preparations will begin at noon on Wednesday with lunch at Asbury UMC followed by spiritual preparation for the presence.

You are invited for some or all of this prayerful presence with a special emphasis on Wednesday’s Witness from Noon meal and preparation through evening worship.

Wednesday

Noon, Lunch, Asbury UMC

12:30 p.m., Spiritual preparations and nonviolence training, Asbury UMC

1:45 p.m., Presence in Overland Park Embassy Suites 2:00 p.m., Judicial council convenes 7:00 p.m., Dinner, Trinity UMC 8:00 p.m., Worship, Trinity UMC

Thursday

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Witness continues in Overland Park 6:30 p.m., Dinner, Asbury UMC

Friday

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Witness continues in Overland Park 1:00 p.m., Sending Forth

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