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April 05, 2012

RS - 203 - Mission Share Jubilee

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(Submitted by Council on Finance & Administration) Theological Foundations and Discussion The notion of a forgiveness of debts and restoration of property every 50 years comes from Leviticus 25 and 27.   The notion is that what we have is actually God’s, and we hold it according to God’s will.  Land cannot be sold away forever, because God has allocated enough for each family, so that while the land holder may sell off his land for a time, it must be returned to his family on the Jubilee Year, ...


April 05, 2012

RS - 204 - Continuation of NEAC Mission Share Review and Relief Program

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(Submitted by Council on Finance & Administration) (Original Resolution RS-213, enacted by 2005 AC) WHEREAS the New England Annual Conference voted at the 2011 Annual Conference to continue the Mission Share Review and Relief program for one year, and  WHEREAS the Mission Share Review and Relief program has been an integral part of faithful giving in the Annual Conference for the last seven (7) years, and WHEREAS the Mission Share Review and Relief program has helped churches and congregations ...


April 05, 2012

RS - 205 - On the Persecuted Church

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Submitted by Joanne Thomas and Thomas W. Bentum) WHEREAS, John Wesley wrote that we as Methodists should do good, “especially to them that are of the household of faith or groaning so to be” and our Book of Discipline states that “the mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”   WHEREAS, Scripture is replete with admonishments to aid widows, orphans, and to come to the aid of prisoners and those who suffer discrimination; “Vindicate the ...


April 03, 2012

RS - 206 - "Imagine No Malaria"

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(Submitted by Ellen Bridge and Conference Board of Global Ministries) Background: The United Methodist Church was an originating partner of the “Nothing But Nets” campaign which distributed 5.6 million anti-malaria nets by 2004.   By 2010, through “Nothing But Nets” and “Imagine No Malaria” 145 million nets were distributed. An estimated 50% of African homes now have at least one net, and malaria in Africa has been reduced by 17%. The following resolution speaks to the next phase of an ...


April 03, 2012

RS - 207 - Support for Moscow UM Theological Seminary

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(Submitted by Conference Board of Global Ministries) WHEREAS, The United Methodist Church has been growing rapidly throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and  WHEREAS, one of the primary foundation stones for The United Methodist Church is education for both clergy and laity, and WHEREAS, this is a critical time in the establishing of the Moscow United Methodist Theological Seminary to provide leadership for the growth in ...


April 03, 2012

RS - 208 - A Call for a Peace Treaty Between Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and USA

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(Submitted by Conference Board of Church and Society) A call to break down every wall that divides God’s people into tension, violence, and war is an authentic Christian calling as Jesus Christ came to break down those walls.  The people of North and South Korea have been divided and suffering by the walls of ideology and international power politics too long. The USA and the DPRK are still technically and politically at war under the Armistice Agreement in  July 27, 1953. The year 2013 marks ...


April 03, 2012

RS - 209 - Proposed Amendments to Policies and Procedures on Parsonage Guidelines

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(Submitted by Catherine Nicol and David Nicol) WHEREAS the New England Annual Conference has maintained Guidelines for the design and features for parsonage dwellings to assure adequate housing for all appointed clergy and to support the system of itinerant appointments, and WHEREAS the 2011 session of the New England Annual Conference approved revised Guidelines as guidance to both local churches and the Conference in the acquisition and/or renovation of appointed clergy residences, and  ...


April 03, 2012

RS - 210 - Toward a Lead and Asbestos Safe Future

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(Submitted by Catherine Nicols and David Niclos) Basic Principles Health: United Methodist Christians are called upon to care about our own health and to act as healers in the wider community. “Stewardship of health is the responsibility of each person to whom health has been entrusted. Creating the personal, environmental, and social conditions in which health can thrive is a joint responsibility…(2008 Discipline, ¶ 162 V).” Throughout our Biblical story, in both the Old and New Testament, ...


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