May 3, 2004
By Linda Bloom*
(UMNS) ––A plan to improve communications for church members in
countries outside the United States was overwhelmingly approved May 3 by
the United Methodist General Conference.
plan, submitted by United Methodist Communications, calls upon that
church agency to identify new partnerships or assist with established
partnerships among United Methodists in Africa, Europe, Asia and the
agency will collaborate with central conference bishops, communicators
and other leaders “to determine the nature of each partnership and
choose appropriate, specific, supportive communications linkages and
voice “to those who otherwise might not be heard” and sharing stories
and the word of the church in “culture-appropriate” ways are among the
Funding of $2.3 million is included in the central conferences communications initiative.
*Bloom is the director of the New York office of United Methodist News Service.
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