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UMAC 2017: Friday Wrap-up

The United Methodist Association of Communicators gathered for the final day of its 2017 convention Friday March 24.
During breakfast, boards and agencies of the church shared a little of what they’re working on. Communicators heard from United Methodist Women, United Methodist Committee on Relief, General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Discipleship Ministries, Connectional Table, General Council on Finance and Administration, and General Commission on Religion and Race.
The morning’s keynote speaker was Kenneth Moton, ABC News correspondent responsible for covering major national and international news stories, including the White House. He shared his experiences reporting news from his home state of South Carolina, Philadelphia and now Washington, DC.  
Like panelists on Thursday’s session on rising above crisis, Moton stressed the importance of building relationships with local news outlets and reporters.
“Relationships are important. Make sure they know who you are. Do not hide who you are,” Moton said.
Moton next moderated a panel titled “Beyond Thoughts and Prayers,” discussing a faith-filled response in the aftermath of violence. Panelists included the Rev. Sheron Patterson of North Texas, Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Area, and the Rev. Todd Rossnagel of Louisiana.
At the 2016 General Conference delegates voted at the recommendation to form a commission, come to be known as A Way Forward, reviewing the statements in The Book of Discipline related to human sexuality and determining a way to bridge divides on the topic. Bishops Kenneth Carter, Bruce Ough, John Schol, Cynthia Fierro Harvey and the Rev. Kennetha Bigham Tsai talked about letting God work through us as we work toward unity as an extended family and communicate the true mission of the church. The panel was moderated by Skyler Nimmons.
For a final members’ meeting of the gathering, members passed bylaws updates and passed the new slate of leadership team officers and standing committee members. UMCOR’s Catherine Earl and Jack Amick joined us to about UMCOR’s work and how to respond to crises and support survivors with grace and continuing support, followed by Global Ministries’ Thomas Kemper’s recounting of being in the Istanbul, Turkey, airport when it was attacked by suicide bombers.
To close our time together, the Rev. Karli Danett Pidgeon and artist Amanda Price offered special music and worship to help center and close us before to go back out into the world to communicate God's word.
Bishop Harvey helped remind the church’s communicators what’s important.
“Hold nothing sacred but mission.”
Did you have a blast in New Orleans? Have suggestions to improve our time together? Please take a few moments to evaluate the 2017 convention, and may God bless you as you share our story.
Video of Thursday's awards ceremony.
Photos of the convention

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