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MORENO VALLEY

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UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Welcome to Moreno Valley UMC

We are located in Moreno Valley on Heacock Street, just outside of Reche Canyon.

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Sunday  Worship

We meet each Sunday at 10:00 AM in person. Please try and arrive a little early as we start livestreaming promptly at ten. If you cannot be with us in person, you may watch us weekly on YouTube. Come and experience our talented praise team and choir with the beautiful music they gift us with. Come to be fed the "Word of the Lord" led by Rev. Dr. M. Niponi Finau, Rev. Tom Tran or one of our guest speakers. 

Join us Each 1st Sunday of the Month for Holy Communion.

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ABOUT UMC GENERAL CONFERENCE

General Conference is the top lawmaking assembly of The United Methodist Church and the only entity that speaks for the denomination. It convenes every four years, with delegates from the denomination’s regions around the world.

MAJOR ACTIONS FROM THE GENERAL CONFERENCE

The United methodist General Conference held its meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina from April 23 – May 03, 2024. Below are some of the highlights of the Conference.

 

      A. Regionalization Petitions Approved

 

The General Conference approved legislation that would restructure the denomination to be more contextual in different regions served by the church. It would enable the church to “honor who we are as a worldwide denomination.”

     · Regionalization represents an effort to put the church’s different   

       geographical regions on equal footing and to make the General

       Conference less U.S.-centric. The current central conferences and the U.S.

       would become regional conferences, with the same authority to pass 

       legislation for greater missional impact.

     · The regionalization legislation involves an amendment to the church’s

       constitution. This would have to be approved by at least two-thirds of the

       total votes cast across all annual conferences worldwide in order for much

       of the regionalization legislation to take effect.

 

     B. Removal of Restrictive Language Related to LGBTQ People

 

The General Conference voted to remove from the United Methodist Book of Discipline discriminatory language and bans related to ministry by, with and for “self-avowed practicing” gay and lesbian people. Actions included:

     

     · Removal of the language that the “practice of homosexuality … is

       incompatible with Christian teaching.”

     · Removal of the ban on the ordination and appointment of “self-avowed

       practicing homosexual” clergy.

     · Removal of language that made the ordination of “self-avowed practicing

       homosexual” clergy and the performance of same-sex weddings

       chargeable offenses.

     · Removal of mandatory minimum penalties for clergy holding same-sex

       weddings.

     · Allowance for all clergy in good standing to be appointed across annual

       conference lines when their bishop cannot locate an appointment in their

       conference.

 

As they have traditionally done, conference bishops and their cabinets will consult with clergy and staff-parish relations committees to find the best appointments for both the local church and the pastor.

   

      · Adopted a resolution condemning racial-ethnic discrimination and

       gender-based violence against Asian Americans.

     · The revised Social Principles was passed. This document has had major

       revisions, is simpler, and it removes previous language that was harmful. 

       The Social Principles is not law, but rather a set of guidelines we utilize as

        we consider how God is leading us in the world.

     · Also on the consent calendar, delegates voted that superintendents are

       not to penalize clergy or churches for holding— or refraining from holding

       — same-sex weddings.

 

     C. Disaffiliation Policy Ended, Re-affiliation Measure Approved

 

Delegates removed Paragraph 2553 from the Book of Discipline, ending the disaffiliation policy that was added by the special 2019 General Conference. They also required annual conferences affected by disaffiliation to develop grace-filled policies for reaffiliation of churches that want to rejoin the               denomination.

Conference also:

     · Approved a constitutional amendment addressing the denomination’s

       commitment to eradicating racism.

     · Approved an apology to victims and survivors of sexual misconduct by

       clergy and lay leaders in the church.

     · Approved an apology for the role of Methodists in the overthrow of the

       kingdom of Hawaii in 1893.

     · Approved allowing deacons to preside at the sacraments “when 

       contextually appropriate.” The new language further states: “Presiding at

       the celebration of the sacraments involves taking responsibility to lead the

       gathered community in celebrating baptism and Holy Communion.”

     · Approved updating jurisdictional young people’s ministries, including

       changing the Division on Ministries with Young People to the Young 

       People’s Connectional Network.

     · Approved a full communion agreement with the Episcopal Church. If the

       Episcopal Church affirms the agreement, it will mean the denominations

       recognize each other as the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church in

       with the Gospel is rightly preached and taught.”

     · Approved adding two bishops for Africa, for a total of fifteen, and set the

       number of U.S. bishops at 32 – a decrease from the thirty-nine active

       bishops and one retired bishop currently serving  episcopal areas in the

       U.S.

     · The legislation approved today also explicitly protects the right of clergy

       and churches not to officiate at or host same-sex weddings.

 

    D. Budget & Apportionment.

The Conference voted to reduce a key component of calculating apportionments — the portion of church giving requested to fund the general-church budget. As a result, conferences will shift from their current base rate of 3.29% to a base rate of 2.6% for 2025 and 2026. Then, if the apportionment collection rate is 90% or higher in those years, the base rate will jump to 2.9% for 2027 and 2028.

Bottom line: U.S. annual conferences will be asked to pay lower apportionments compared to what delegates passed at the 2016 General Conference. Also, denomination-wide ministries that rely on those       apportionments — including general agencies and episcopal leadership — will need to be budgeted with those cuts in mind.

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