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ONU Student Elected to Attend UMC General Conference

Apr 23, 2008
Ohio Northern University student Anna Barrett, a senior youth ministry major from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, will serve as a lay delegate to the United Methodist Church (UMC) General Conference held April 23 through May 2 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The nine-day conference is the UMC's top legislative assembly, meeting once every four years. Delegates will revise the UMC's "Book of Discipline" and "Book of Resolutions," as well as set the direction of the denomination for the upcoming years. Participants in the conference include ordained clergypersons and an equal number of lay persons elected by their local churches. There will be 992 delegates at this year's conference.

Barrett interned with the First UMC in Ada, Ohio. For her required senior essay, Barrett will write about the ministry study proposals asked for by the last General Conference. Her work will trace UMC historical definitions and rights of ministry, as well as current denominational and cultural influences upon ministry definitions. Barrett will include observations from her participation on the General Conference legislative committee handling the ministry study report.

Barrett will publicly present her senior essay on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the English Chapel at ONU. The event is jointly sponsored by the ONU Philosophy and Religion Department and First UMC of Ada.