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Bringing Young People Into the Fold

I believe the most important and productive move the Methodist Church could take would be to set term limits for General Conference and Annual Conference Delegates. I think Annual Conference Delegates should be able to serve as delegates for not more than six consecutive annual conferences, and must have a minimum 2 year seperation between serving. For General Conference, a delegate may serve for not more than two (that covers 8 years) General Conferences consecutively (regardless of their Annual Conference (meaning you can't move from one conference to another), and not more than 4 GC's in a lifetime.

Let's face it, there are some people that have long-since worn out their welcomes at GS and at their Annual Conferences, and they need to open up those slots. This would allow more younger people to have a chance to serve as delegates at both levels.

B. John more than 5 years ago

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It’s over because I recently, and freely, resigned my chair in Catholic Theology at Duke University in response to disciplinary actions initiated by my dean and colleagues. Those disciplinary actions, in turn, were provoked by my words: critical and confrontational words spoken to colleagues in meetings; and hot words written in critique of university policies and practices, in support of particular freedoms of expression and thought, and against legal and disciplinary constraints of those freedoms. My university superiors, the dean and the provost, have been at best lukewarm in their support of these freedoms, preferring to them conciliation and accommodation of their opponents. And so, I reluctantly concluded, the word-struggle, the agony of distinction and argument, the search for clarity by dramatizing and exploring difference—these no longer have the place they once had in the university.


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