Whom Shall We Send to Portland?

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An excellent point

... about how the delegates tend to be unrepresentative because only those who can self-fund their participation can attend. I considered seeking a delegate seat in both 2008 and 2012 but decided against it both times because of work obligations. Oh, I could have made it my "vacation," which, as you astutely point out, would have made me more privileged than the fast-food worker and the disabled mom who sit in the pew across from us. Plus, from the sheer length of the sessions alone the workload of delegates is daunting. I went to the 3-day Annual Conference (Cal-Pac) in 2007 and that was bad enough. There's no reason these things can't be planned to last three days or less.

... I think a system of limited scholarship availability - not through the UMC official body, but an ancillary operation, i.e., "Methodist Diversity Fund," would help, as would shortening the agenda.

George Nixon Shuler more than 3 years ago

Editor's Note

A lengthy portion of Mr. Shuler's comment pertaining to secular political parties was omitted to keep focus on The United Methodist Church.

cynthiaadmin (United Methodist Insight) more than 3 years ago

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