Bishop Robert Schnase begins his episcopal supervision of the New Mexico Annual Conference starting on January 1, 2022. This follows the retirement of Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe. He filmed this video in the form of a greeting: Click Here
We are very excited about beginning a relationship in ministry with Bishop Schnase and exploring what God has in store for the New Mexico Conference under his leadership.
United Methodist Communications
Office of Public Information
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2021
United Methodist leaders have reached a settlement in the matter of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) pending bankruptcy proceedings. Upon final court approval, the settlement would absolve any claims of sexual abuse that may have occurred in congregation-sponsored Scouting programs.
Under the terms of the settlement, United Methodists would raise and give $30 million over a three-year period into a fund that will be utilized to compensate survivors, and United Methodist congregations that charter Scout troops and packs would be released from all abuse claims involving Scouting activities. A team has been formed to identify strategies and materials that may be used to raise the funds. The church would also agree to work for the healing of survivors and recommit to work toward ending sexual abuse of young people. Through the General Commission on United Methodist Men, United Methodists will work with the BSA to continue to ensure Scout safety and grow Scouting ministry as part of its mandate through The Book of Discipline.
“We are sorry for what occurred and are praying for all those who experienced harm through Scouting activities. We are committed to the protection of children and youth, and the United Methodist Council of Bishops will be working with the church, the Survivor Working Group and BSA to address policies, programs, and procedures in order to keep Scouts safe from abuse,” said Bishop John Schol, chair of the UMC leadership team created to support the United Methodist chartering organizations in the bankruptcy matter.
The settlement follows months of mediation by an Ad Hoc committee of bishops, chancellors and general agency employees that has been advocating for United Methodist interests.
“I want to thank everyone who has been working through the mediation process for the healing and just resolution of the survivors,” said Schol. “Our settlement agreement has the support of both the BSA and the Coalition of Abused Scouts for Justice.”
The United Methodist Church has long worked proactively to prevent child abuse. The percentage of claims in the last 20 years potentially related to United Methodist congregations’-sponsored scouting units is less than 1 percent of all UMC claims.
Under the terms of the agreement, denomination leaders will intensify efforts to prevent and raise awareness of child sexual abuse.
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has committed to lead the church in carrying out the following:
The Ad Hoc Committee recommends that churches who filed a proof of claim vote “yes” on the plan and for those who previously voted “no,” the Ad Hoc Committee recommends congregations change their vote to “yes.” An email from conference leadership will be sent to churches that filed a proof of claim on how to vote “yes” and how to change a vote from “no” to “yes.”
Do you know the difference between a Cadillac and a frog? I don’t know either, but if you attend LAUNCH New Mexico to be held October 28-30, 2021 in Santa Fe, it may not seem like such a strange question. LAUNCH enables participants to stretch their imagination, to exercise creative muscles, and deconstruct ideas to create new, unexpected results.
Sometimes, as clergy and laity we run out of ideas of what to do to impact our churches and our communities. Other times, we have great ideas, but they aren’t working as we’d hoped or we don’t even know how to get started. I believe those are the times when we need someone who can help us see and think through things differently. LAUNCH New Mexico will provide you with tools for problem-solving, adaptive leadership, and implementing new ideas.
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Make plans to attend, so you can learn how to grow your ministry while having fun (maybe you will get to see a frog driving a Cadillac too!)