Confessing Movement report, Tuesday

General Conference began at 4:00 pm today. It was a beautiful day in Tampa as United Methodists from around the world greeted one another, renewing old friendships and making new ones. It was encouraging to see about 35 people sharing their time and talents to be here as volunteers for the renewal groups.

The volunteers from local Florida United Methodist Churches are gracious and helpful. The overseas delegates seem happy to be here. Many of the women from Africa were in beautiful, colorful dress. The music and pageantry during the opening worship was inspiring. Delegates are prayerfully talking of our task as United Methodists to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

One of the first orders of business is the adoption of rules to govern the proceedings. The rules were debated and numerous amendments were offered. These amendments must receive 24-hour consideration so they will be voted on tomorrow.

During the first week of GC, delegates meet in committees to deal with issues before they are sent to the entire body for consideration the second week of conference.