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Call to Action, Flood of 1985 in the March 2012 WVUM

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In the March WVUM, we preview General Conference, the United Methodist Church’s governing body which meets next month in Tampa, Florida.

By far, the the Call to Action and the legislation that has come about because of it has received the most attention.  An end to job guarantees for elders in good standing is controversial. The creation of a “set-aside” bishop has some worried about a shift in power toward the top in the denomination. There’s also legislation on the table that will greatly restructure the general boards and agencies of the general church.

Bishop Grove addresses the Covenant Council March 10. Photo: Adam Cunningham

There are several resources available for churches, pastors, and laity to study and keep up with the issues that the General Conference will deal with:

There’s also a Call to Action study guide that outlines the CTA and related legislation in more detail. You can also listen to audio of Bishop Grove’s March 10 presentation to the Covenant Council of the West Virginia Conference regarding the Call to Action, by clicking the play button below:

Speaking of Bishop Grove, we came across this archive photo from 1985, taken in the Moorefield, W.Va. after a 100 year flood devastated a wide swath of West Virginia.

Bishop Grove (right) surveys the damage from the flood of 1985 in Moorefield, W.Va. in November of 1985,

I was a senior in high school when the flood got to the bottom of the top step in our basement in Clarksburg, W.Va. I remember days with no showers (tough for a teenage girl) and the smell of that flood will be with me for the rest of my life.

Bishop Grove shared his experience from that time in this piece of audio.

We also feature several twitter posts that led to local church stories in the Conference in this newspaper. Oh – and we are posting fresh stories several times a week in our website newsfeed. Check out to keep up, or subscribe to our RSS feed.

We love to hear your questions and feedback! Leave a comment below or email us a tip.

Thanks for reading, watching, and listening!


Laura Allen
WVUMC Editor/Dir. of Communications

Written by Laura Harbert Allen

March 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

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