UMAMD Committee Leaders
December 14, 2015
Attending: Greg Edwards, Lynn Swedberg, Janine DeLaunay, Brian Burch, Sharon McCart and Russell Ewell.
Not present: Eric Pridmore
Janine called our meeting together. Brian opened us in prayer
- Contacting UMC Pastors on Medical Leave and inviting them to join the UMAMD:
Janine wrote a letter to send to those on medical leave. Brian has a contact list of Holston Conference clergy on medical leave. The primary issue at this point is, "Do we have energy to do all of this nation-wide?" One suggestion is to incorporate Dodie Rissie who is the chair of the Committee on Promotion and Publicity to see if she would like to assist with the project. Could we also use conference leadership through Joint Committees on Medical Leave, or someone in the Conference Board of Pensions?
- Continuation of discussion of GC activities.
Sharon is planning on writing GC delegates in January. Sharon did acquire the list for the Western Jurisdiction Delegates. Janine will ask Love Your Neighbor for a list of the remaining delegates (received). Sharon's letter would come from UMAMD; that would include support for petitions from DMC and the General Board of Ministries. Could we target the persons in each jurisdiction that deal with the relevant petitions? Sharon and Lynn will both be at General Conference. Janine will be present for a portion of the meeting.
- Articles for Love Your Neighbor Newsletters.
Can we identify UMAMD members who are supportive of Love Your Neighbor and might be willing to submit articles supporting disability issues? Brian will submit a list of names to Lynn of folks who might be willing to write such an article.
- Working with Boards of Ordained Ministries.
How do we educate and advocate for those go through the process? In terms of education Sharon suggested two resources. She, with the DMC, is writing a Lay Speaking Ministries course that might be helpful. Expected completion date is in late 2016. UM Communications in their material, "How to be a Welcoming Church" is incorporating material on welcoming those with disabilities. This should be ready before GC.
In the midst of our conversations we discovered that the Conference Registrar functions differently in each conference. For those conferences with full-time staff persons who fill that position, could we find ways to educate them on how to support persons with disabilities?
- UMW Mission U: Russell shared that he and Mary Chang, who is the head of the National UMW Mission U program, had a cordial exchange. No new updates at this time.
- Future Calls. January 11, 2016 will be our next call. Janine expressed a desire to include chairs of our various committees. Russell asked if our past co-chairs could also be included.
Janine closed us in prayer.
UMAMD & Disability Committee Leaders
November 9, 2015
Present: Janine Delaunay, Sharon McCart, Tim Vermande, Eric Pridmore, Lynn Swedberg, Russell Ewell and Brian Burch
Not present: Greg Edwards & Patricia Magyar
Janine welcomed us. She reminded us that the goal of today''s call was to help organize our group and keep the momentum from this summer alive. She then opened us in prayer.