UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry
The Question Mark Butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis) was created May 2 by the Rev. Ted Lyddon Hatten using myrrh, sand and three types of mustard seed to invite reflection. The evolving artwork began with the continents of the world and continues to change each day reflecting events in the plenary. For instance, the break in the wing lays over Israel (from a previous design) and the butterfly also corresponds with the evening's memorial service for 17 bishops. Campus minister at Drake University, Hatten is part of the General Conference worship design team. The artwork is located outside the plenary hall at General Conference, and many delegates and visitors pause to take photos.
The 2012 General Conference has concluded, but like the evocative artwork created during its two-week session, the mission of United Methodist Insight has begun to evolve beyond The United Methodist Church's global legislative assembly.
We were surprised to discover in Tampa how influential our contributors had become in just a few months. Their thoughts and writings had significant influence on General Conference, and appear likely to have even more influence on The United Methodist Church as it discerns its path into what God wants for its future.
Consequently, there will be discussion in coming weeks about whether UM Insight continues to have value for United Methodists beyond this year's General Conference. We'd like to know from you, both readers and contributors, whether you think we should attempt to extend this forum beyond its original scope and time period. Please offer your thoughts in Comments, or email your thoughts to the project coordinator.
Most of all, United Methodist Insight's advisers and project coordinator thank all those who have contributed, read and used this website to inform their decisions. It has been our privilege to widen the conversation about the future of The United Methodist Church. We now enter a period of prayer and discernment to determine whether our mission should change and continue. Your prayers for clarity will be greatly appreciated.