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November 7, 2008
Voters OK state-run lottery;
UMs pledge vigilance
Conference of the United Methodist
Arkansas United Methodist Editor Church, on Election Night, Nov. 4,
expressed regret that approval was
While the 2008 presidential race given to the lottery amendment.
and a number of state and national Church leaders said they “deeply
races and ballot issues in the General regret that Amendment 3 has passed,”
Election were of concern to United according to a statement from UMAG
Methodists in Arkansas, a proposed and the conference. “We felt, and con-
amendment to the state constitution to tinue to feel, that a state-run lottery is
create a state-run lottery drew the most not in the best interest of the people of
organized opposition Arkansas. We will moni-
within the church.
Printing deadlines for this
tor the planning and
Leaders of United
issue of the Arkansas United
Hard fought battle
Methodists Against
Methodist limited coverage of
implementation of the
the 2008 Election and related
lottery should it be
Gambling (UMAG) and issues. Watch for more Election authorized by the legis-
On the first leg of a barnstorming tour of the state Oct. 30, United Methodist Church leaders —
the Arkansas
news in the next issue.
(from left) Scott Trotter, Jim Argue and Roger Glover — voice opposition in Little Rock to a
See LOTTERY, page 5
proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution that would establish a state-run lottery.
Church representatives also held anti-lottery press conferences the same day in West Memphis,
Jonesboro, Fayetteville and El Dorado. On Election Day Nov. 4, however, the lottery amend-
ment, which was championed by Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, was approved by a majority of voters.
2-year communications plan
Church court says legislation
being implemented by UM team
[Editor’s Note: This is the first in a
also be introduced to new tools and
needed for structure changes
two-part series on the communications
resources focusing on the key messages
ministry of the Arkansas Conference.]
that describe what it means to be a
United Methodist. A new conference
United Methodist News Service official documentation needed to
Web site will be launched and a com-
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The decide the cases.
Arkansas United Methodist Editor munications “tool kit” brimming with
top court of The United Methodist The denomination has been study-
ideas, helps and how-tos will be deliv-
Church has ruled that the denomina- ing its structure to reflect the increasing
A brand new logo for the Arkansas ered to local churches. Plus, congrega-
tion’s legislative body would need to global nature of the church, and it
Conference is but one facet of a new tions will be encouraged to share sto-
enact enabling legislation in 2012 to brought proposed constitutional
comprehen- ries about mis-
change the church’s structure in the changes before its top legislative body
sive commu- sion and min-
United States. last spring. The 2008 General
nications plan istry that
The Judicial Council, meeting Oct. Conference mandated creation of a
that has been reflect ways
22-25 in its first session since the elec- regional conference in the United
developed by they live out
tion of five new members last spring, States as part of its efforts to make the
the confer- the church’s
also remanded two cases on key issues denomination less U.S.-centric in struc-
ence ministry mission of
— church membership and same-gen- ture and has sent the amendment to
team. “making disciples of Jesus Christ.”
der marriages — back to their respec- annual conferences for a vote in 2009
Over the next few months and into These are all aspects of a new
tive conferences, citing an absence of
See JUDICIAL, page 9
2009, Arkansas United Methodists will
a73 Jonesboro pastor John Miles II a73 Rock Jones, who honed leadership a73 Conference staffer Maxine Allen
a73 Retired pastor Maurice Webb
steps down from pulpit to swim, skills at Hendrix College, is installed is named distingiushed alumnae of
walks Arkansas River bridge to
run and bike in triathalon, page 6. as Ohio Wesleyan president, page 7. Gammon Theologial, page 8.
mark 95th birthday, page 9.
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