presents first two petitions at 2004 conferenceDixie Brewster
takes a little quiet time to reflect along the banks of the Allegheny River during General Conference, April 27 through May 7, in Pittsburgh.
...Dixie Brewster, head of the Kansas West General Conference delegation, not only led a sub-committee, she also presented the first two petitions adopted at the 2004 General Conference, April 27 through May 7 in Pittsburgh."It made me nervous to present the very first petition of the General Conference," said Brewster, who is a first-time delegate to General Conference.
"There's something about nerves that make you forget.I checked the transcript to see what I said."Brewster, a member of the Milton United Methodist Church and Conference Lay Leader, served on the Church and Society Legislative Committee, which dealt with a number of the more contentious issues at General Conference.
said one of the struggles her
committee had was in dealing with petitions written in the negative-the petition that established the United Methodist Church's position in favor of civil laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman actually came to the committee written in opposition to creating civil laws with marriage defined in those terms.
"All of the other petitions we had in our committee went on the Consent Calendar," Brewster
There were 270 people in the full committee.To deal with the volume of legislation before the subcommittee, Brewster
committee adopted a consent calendar on items to speed the process along.
"Even with all the divided opinions in our group, we actually got along really well," Brewster