Using open data provided by a government initiative, app developers in Perth, Western Australia, have constructed a free app that updates wait times for area hospitals in real time, ZDNet reports. The academic health system is building a new Stanford Hospital to meet California-mandated seismic safety standards and support the overall growth of the medical center. Cleveland Clinic has appointed Linda McHugh as the health system's new chief human resource officer.
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I wanted to take a moment to recognize two groups of churches who have made an impression on me as I have studied the 2015 Peace with Justice Report. I appreciate all congregations who have participated over the years and want to encourage everyone to consider taking the Peace with Justice Sunday offering. Last year, the Upper New York Conference Human Sexuality Task Force brought conversation circles to the 2015 Annual Conference session to facilitate chances for members to be involved in the process of conferencing and balloting.
This year, the team decided they would like to bring options to Conference members before and after the 2016 General Conference session. The team also felt that after this year’s General Conference session, members might want a system to process events that take place at GC2016 in Portland, Ore. More than 1,500 fabric strips have been cut by three churches: the Christ Church UMC in Troy, the Orchard Park UMC in Buffalo, and the St. At AC16, there will also be a prayer tent, where members of the Human Sexuality Task Force will be available for prayer throughout Annual Conference session.
The Upper New York Conference Board of Ordained Ministry offers educational grants for candidates pursuing ordained ministry in the Conference. Full-time students may receive up to $7,000 per year; part-time students may receive $3,000 per year. Over the past 18 years, more than 25,000 leaders have returned to their congregations and communities ready to lead with impact, vitality, excellence, passion, and boldness after participating at Leadership Institute. A few petitions affecting United Methodist clergy either were approved by General Conference 2016 or are highly likely to be, having made it onto the consent calendar. Many petitions dealing with clergy came from the Ministry Study Commission, led by Greater Northwest Area Bishop Grant Hagiya. The purpose is to provide clarity around the meaning of ordination, as well around sacramental authority and the Holy Spirit’s role in that.
Other petitions from the Ministry Study Commission have made it onto consent calendars to be voted on later in plenary. At General Conference 2012 in Tampa, Florida, delegates voted to end guaranteed appointment for ordained elders. The 2013-16 Ministry Study Commission did not put forward legislation on guaranteed appointment, unlike its predecessor commission.
But the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders submitted a petition seeking to change the constitution to make clear elders are not guaranteed an appointment. But he added that the committee concluded that parts of the Book of Discipline, the church lawbook, allow for dealing with ineffective clergy. Before strengthening the bishops’ hand in doing so, Nelson said, the denomination needs to have methods in place to help clergy improve and to make sure that no group is targeted unfairly for removal. Lonnie Brooks, legislative chair of the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders, said he was disappointed that the committee did not support ending guaranteed appointment. The Ministry Study Commission favored allowing early ordination for clergy candidates who have met educational requirements.

Currently, they serve as provisional members of their annual conferences for at least two years before being ordained as elders or deacons.
The commission wanted ordination to come when the candidate is elected to provisional membership.
Hagiya said in earlier interviews that some seminary students were reluctant to pursue ministry in The United Methodist Church because of how long it takes to be ordained. Provisional members can administer the sacraments and officiate at weddings and funerals, but they want the status of ordination. But the previous ministry study commission had proposed early ordination, only to see it defeated in committee at the 2012 General Conference.
Hagiya had acknowledged that annual conference boards of ordained ministry have concerns, including about what happens when someone is ordained and then is not elected to full membership. Hagiya noted that support for early ordination was stronger in committee this time than it was four years ago. Leaders of the National Fellowship of Associate Members and Local Pastors said that until early ordination for elders passes, there is little chance of ordination for local pastors – something some church leaders have passed as the local pastor ranks have increased. As Africa University approaches its 25th anniversary, delegates to the 2016 General Conference took a few moments Monday afternoon to celebrate one of the best things this denomination has ever done. With an enrollment of more than 1,500 full-time students and 800 part-time students, Africa University, located in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe, today boasts more than 6,100 graduates from 32 African countries.
Furusa highlighted how graduates are in key leadership roles in the church, government, the business sector and civil society throughout Africa. Furusa said that the church’s investment in Africa University has produced excellent results.
As the Africa University choir ended the report by bringing a General Conference to its feet, delegates were reminded of the power and potential of a school that, just 36 years ago, was merely a vision. Before tackling the pile of petitions before them, delegates to General Conference 2016 voted to fill vacancies in key positions on the Judicial Council, the University Senate and the Commission on General Conference. Judicial Council members are elected for eight-year terms, and four council members elected or re-elected in 2012 are still serving those terms.
General Conference 2016 delegates approved a petition to make Rwanda a provisional annual conference of The United Methodist Church. As Africa University approaches its 25th anniversary, delegates to the 2016 General Conference took a few moments Monday afternoon to celebrate the Zimbabwean school.
Worship, an address by young people and a silent protest for LGBTQ inclusion began Day Five of General Conference 2016, which ended with final legislative committee meetings. That voice declared the uncompromising nature of God’s love and grace for all people. Two days earlier, presiding Bishop Hope Morgan Ward had ruled Benz out of order when she used the term LGBTQ while speaking about why she favored Rule 44, which delegates did not adopt.
Ward said then that the vote was over whether to approve Rule 44, not how it might be applied. Brewington told United Methodist News Service that the problem was the manner in which the ruling took place.
Because the Magi heeded the message from God, Devadhar said, they were able to bring an epiphany, a new perspective. Ethan Gregory, a reserve delegate from the Central Texas Conference, missed his May 14 commencement at Perkins School of Theology, Dallas. Already, The United Methodists have full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Pan-Methodist denominations. On May 16, a small group of Lumads, indigenous people of Southern Philippines, will address the General Conference. Written by Barbara Dunlap-Berg, a general church content editor for United Methodist Communications, Nashville, Tennessee.
The United Methodist Church General Conference is held every four years to re-examine church law and to add or amend resolutions to the Book of Discipline. I spoke with four United Methodist Women delegates to find out how they prepared for this significant task, and what their thoughts were about General Conference and the petitions submitted by United Methodist Women.
Nichea Ver Veer Guy is “checking the United Methodist Women website weekly for updates, reading through legislation, and reading reviews of other delegates. Clara Ester is looking at petitions and has been on conference calls discussing the petitions.
Irma Clark is preparing through her “daily devotions, prayer and meditation, Bible reading, taking good care of myself, reading the reports, resolutions and proposed legislation. In general, the delegates I spoke with were most concerned with social justice petitions like the Status of Women, Protection of Water, and the Criminalization of Communities of Color. Clara Ester is looking forward to the consecrations of new deaconesses and home missioners.
We are thankful to all the delegates for the hard work they do to uphold just church law and to put faith, hope and love into action. Upper New York Conference Lay Leader helped to lead the Laity Report at the 2016 General Conference session.
It is difficult to assess the state of the church at this moment because different criteria will yield different conclusions. The primary reason for this optimism is that the church is starting to see the fruit of the vital congregations' movement. Founded in 1959 as the Palo Alto-Stanford Hospital Center, Stanford Hospital today has 613 licensed beds, about 1,500 faculty physicians and more than 1,000 interns and residents. Scheduled to open to patients in early 2018, the 824,000-square-foot building will include a larger Level I trauma center and an emergency department that is more than twice the size of the current one. News & World Report ranked the hospital nationally in 10 pediatric specialties for 2015-16, which earned Lurie Children's a spot on the publication's children's hospital Honor Roll.
Merlino served as chief experience officer and associate chief of staff at the Cleveland Clinic prior to joining Press Ganey. Baker, MD, executive vice president of healthcare quality evaluation for the Joint Commission, has released a statement to clear up any misunderstandings people may have regarding the organization's standards for pain management. Terry McAuliffe's latest attempt to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act was unsuccessful, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch report.
Census Bureau has released the results of the latest American Community Survey, including five year's worth of statistics on the social and economic characteristics of even the smallest communities in the nation.
If you’re not ready, please feel free to reschedule it to suit the needs of your congregation.
The 19 churches who participated for the fist time and the nearly 60 churches who participated for the past five years. Remember, half of the receipts stay right here in UNY to support justice ministries – projects, workshop, etc.
The team felt these conversations were healing and helpful to Conference members, and they were well-received.
About 120 parishioners attended this event, and others watched via livestream throughout the Conference and beyond.
Strips around 18 inches long and two inches wide can be cut, and then members can write prayers on the fabric.

These grants are for graduate study satisfying the educational requirements leading to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church.
The application includes a section to be completed by the registrar of your school, so you must act quickly. Year over year, church leaders return to Leadership Institute, bringing a team in order to expand the impact of practical leadership principles and inspirational and visionary teaching with a spirit of renewal. Ken Nelson, a South Carolina Conference delegate and member of the Ministry and Higher Education and Superintendency Committee at General Conference 2016. They are ordained during the annual conference session at which they are elected to full membership. Denying it adds to confusion about what ordination really means in The United Methodist Church, he added. More than half of the students (53 percent) are female — more than double other universities throughout Africa. Continuing that investment means The United Methodist Church will produce a growing number of effective disciples and tangible positive change. It provides clarity around the meaning of ordination, sacramental authority and the Holy Spirit’s role in that. Rule 44 was offered as an alternative process to Robert’s Rules of Order for dealing with particularly complicated and contentious legislation through group discernment. Carlene Fogle-Miller, a Florida Conference delegate, served as secretary of the Faith and Order Committee instead of going to her graduation festivities at the University of Mississippi Law School. On May 14, delegates approved affirmation and implementation of a full communion relationship between the Moravian Church (Northern and Southern provinces) and The United Methodist Church. Some 1,000 delegates travel to General Conference from around the world to examine and discuss these proposed changes. The delegates I spoke to or e-mailed with are Irma Clark, Clara Ester, Nichea Ver Veer Guy and Carmen Vianese. Accepting amazing letters from individuals who are witnessing for their concerns for legislation being dealt with at General Conference. Her delegation has met several times, and she has been talking to members who are highly knowledgeable on the issues. Other petitions of concern include Lay Servant Ministry petitions and various other GBGM petitions. If we say we are open to all, then we practice open to all; if we say we are liberators of justice and a supporter of human rights, then we practice being liberators of justice.
Breaking bread, sharing our soulful faith journeys, and becoming the church to each other with respect and dignity.
Here he has shared some of the reasons he sees for hope, just as reasons for hope would be shared in the laity report. My annual conference and my city have examples of churches that are transforming lives by authentically living the mission of Jesus. He has written a book on how to improve the patient experience and has been published in a number of academic journals. In that role, he leads the nation's efforts to control health threats from infectious diseases.
Lois Capps, RN, of California have introduced legislation pushing to support comprehensive healthcare and mental health services to students at school-based health centers, or SBHCs, across the country. The special Sunday offerings are not just about money, but giving everyone an opportunity to support ministries they are passionate about. Throughout AC, members will be invited to write prayers on fabric strips and attach them to the cross. A strip will be placed in each Annual Conference packet, and each member can write prayers on the strips and hang them on the cross. Send them with your Annual Conference members, pastors, or lay servants so your prayers can also be added to cross. Churches are invited to bring their ministry leaders to one of the largest mainline church leadership events in the country, bringing together leaders who share a passion for renewing the local church. In her prayer, she asked for minds, hearts and ears to be open to all God’s children. Ancestral land owned by the Lumads is a jewel rich in resources that tempts many, including the government and rebel forces.
The delegates are instrumental when it comes to deciding which resolutions are to be adopted or amended. However, with significant challenges before the church, it would be inaccurate to suggest that our bright spots make us strong or healthy.
Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago has 288 beds, handled 10,997 admissions and hosted 4,926 inpatient and 13,342 outpatient surgeries in the last year reported. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, UNY Director of Connectional Ministries and Executive Assistant to the Bishop, at (315) 424-7878 ext.
I believe the state of our denomination is fragile, but the people called United Methodist have many reasons for hope.
Seeing some positive outcomes does not mean that we have solved our problems, but seeing congregations producing results because of this work is a reason for excitement and hope.
In fiscal year 2014, clinicians at Lurie Children's cared for more children than any other pediatric hospital system in Illinois.
Frieden made a name for himself in tuberculosis control with the New York City Health Department. Helping ineffective churches move toward vitality or end well is critical to the future of the United Methodist movement. Stanford Hospital has received Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and Healthgrades gave the hospital its Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2015 and 2016. Lurie Children's was the first pediatric hospital in the country to earn Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, but that's not its only first. Graves has served as petitions secretary of General Conference since 2004, and he is former conference secretary of the Kentucky Conference. When it was founded in 1882 as Maurice Porter Memorial Hospital, it was the first hospital in Chicago dedicated solely to the treatment of children.
Frieden led a program that rapidly reduced TB, including cases of multidrug-resistant TB, by 80 percent. The hospital expanded and was renamed Children's Memorial Hospital in 1904, and remained as such until 2012. That year, the hospital moved from Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood to a newly built 23-story building in Streeterville, thanks to a $100 million donation from Ann Lurie. Frieden continues to be a vocal public figure as the CDC addresses the potential threat of the Zika virus to U.S.

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