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Currently the pastor of Foundry UMC in Washington, DC, a wonderful and blessed reconciling congregation. Formerly a United Methodist communicator and editor. Formerly a campus minister. Formerly pastor in Philadelphia for 24 years. Graduate of Albright College and Boston University of Theology. Husband of Jane Malone and father of David, Nancy and Naomi. Resident of Capitol Hill, a wonderful place to live! Articles published in Zion's Herald, a must-read magazine for Methodists, a variety of United Methodist publications, the Christian Century, newspapers.

6/19/2005

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This information is taken from the United Methodist News Service's 2005 annual conference reports as of today:

North Central Jurisdiction

Dakotas Annual Conference
June 8-11, Bismarck, N.D.
Membership stands at 43,136, down 548 from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 22,930, down 186.

Detroit Annual Conference
May 20-22, 2005, Adrian, Mich.
Membership stands at 101,917, down 2,751 (3 percent) from 2003. Worship attendance stands at 48,437, down 3,544, (7 percent) from 2003.

Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference
June 9-12, Peoria, Ill.
Attendance stands at 75,911, down 2 percent. Membership is at 152,116, down 1 percent.

Iowa Annual Conference
June 9-12, Ames, Iowa
Attendance is 194,307 (down 939); average worship attendance is: 69,301 (down 2,621).

Minnesota Annual Conference
May 31 – June 3, 2005, St. Cloud, Minn.
Membership stands at 83,966, down 4,618 from the previous year. Worship attendance is 41,777, down 1,713 from the previous year.

North Indiana Annual Conference
June 2-4, West Lafayette, Ind.
Membership stands at 99,349, a decrease from 101,267. Average Sunday worship attendance stands at 68,109, a 585 decrease from 68,694.

Northern Illinois Annual Conference
June 8-11, St. Charles, Ill.
Membership was 109,481 at the end of 2004, down 4,674 from 2003. Average worship attendance was 44,763 in 2004, down from 44,925 in 2003.

South Indiana Annual Conference
June 9-11, Bloomington, Ind.
Membership in 2004 was 113,374, a decrease of 2,343 from the previous year. ... Worship attendance in 2004 was 64,898, a decrease of 422 from the previous year.

West Michigan Annual Conference
June 2-5, Grand Rapids
Total membership at the end of 2004: 67,816, down 606. Average worship attendance 44,736, down 537. (These numbers may not be final.)

Notheastern Jurisdiction

Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference
May 26-29, 2005, Baltimore
Conference membership stands at 198,841, down 5,694, or 2.78 percent, from the previous year. Average worship attendance stands at 76,841, down 3,496, or 4.31 percent.

Central Pennsylvania Conference
June 9-11, Grantham, Pa.
Membership stands at 149,222, down 3,405 from the previous year. Average worship attendance stands at 71,233, up 471 from the previous year.

New York Annual Conference
June 1-4, Hempstead, N.Y.
Membership in the New York Conference stands at 126,746, down 2,950 from last year. Worship attendance is counted at 35,222, up 394 from the previous year.

North Central New York Annual Conference
June 2-5, Liverpool, N.Y.
Membership in 2004 stands at 79,049, down 834 from 2003. Average worship attendance is 24,406, down 504 from 2003.

West Virginia Conference
June 9-12, 2005, Buckhannon, W. Va.
Conference membership stands at 105,879, down 1,336 from the previous year. Average worship attendance stands at 52,871, down 415.

South Central Jurisdiction

Central Texas Conference
June 5 - 8, Fort Worth, Texas
Membership stands at 158,553, up 1,099 from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 47,322, down 188.

Kansas West Conference
May 25-28, Salina, Kan.
Membership stands at 86,434, down 1,086 (1.2 percent) from 2003. Worship attendance stands at 36,772, down 415 (1.1 percent).

Louisiana Annual Conference
June 5-8, Shreveport, La.
Membership stands at 127,059, up 213 from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 48,063, down 324.

Missouri Annual Conference
June 3-6, 2005, Columbia, Mo.
Membership of the conference stands at 176,022, down 229 from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 84,872, up 478.

Nebraska Annual Conference
June 8-11, 2005, Omaha
Membership stands at 84,337, down from 86,260 the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 36,369, up from 33,279 in the previous year.

New Mexico Annual Conference
June 1-4, 2005, Las Cruces, NM
Membership stands at 39,865, down 788 from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 17,581, down 195.

North Texas Annual Conference
June 5-8, Wichita Falls, Texas
Membership stands at 159,917, up 903 or .6 percent from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 62,638, up by 155 or .2 percent.

Northwest Texas Annual Conference
June 8-11, Lubbock, Texas
Membership is 67,131 down 885. Morning worship attendance is 23,037, down 861.

Oklahoma Conference report
May 29 - June 2, Oklahoma City
Church membership at the end of 2004 was 247,039, down 2,325 from the beginning of the year. Worship attendance averaged 62,575, an increase of 242.

Southwest Texas Annual Conference
June 1-4, Corpus Christi, Texas
Membership stands at 120,080, down 191 from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 50,805, down 157.

Southeastern Jurisdiction

Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference
June 5-8, Mobile, Ala.
Membership stands at 147,613, up 800 from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 69,215 up 1,591 from the previous year.

Florida Annual Conference
June 2-5, Lakeland, Fla.
Randy Casey-Rutland, Florida Conference statistician, reported conference membership stands at 325,609 down 3,409 from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 161,038, down 337.

Kentucky Annual Conference
June 6-9, Lexington, Ky.
Membership stands at 152,130, up 222 from the previous year.

Mississippi Conference
June 5-8, Jackson, Miss.
Membership stands at 189,369, down 1,103. Worship attendance stands at 77,456, down 458.

North Alabama Annual Conference
June 5-7, Birmingham, Ala.
Membership stands at 155,683, down 2,179 from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 72,961, down 1,105.

North Carolina Annual Conference
June 8-11, 2005, Fayetteville, N.C.
Membership stands at 235,565, up 1,509 from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 88,820, down 1,130.

Red Bird Missionary Conference
May 13-14, 2005, London, Ky.
Membership stands at 1,385, up 18 from the previous year. Worship attendance is 748, down 48.

South Carolina Annual Conference
May 29 - June 1, Spartanburg, SC
Membership stands at 241,680, down 377 from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 9,547, down 576.

South Georgia Annual Conference
June 5-8, Macon, Ga.
Membership stands at 139,127, down 790 from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 53,388, down 149.

Western North Carolina Conference
June 9-12, 2005 Lake Junaluska, N.C.
Membership stands at 293,735 up 1,140 from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 127,046 up 1,213.

Western Jurisdiction

Alaska Missionary Conference
May 27-29, 2005, Anchorage, Ala.
The Alaska Missionary Conference ended 2004 with 4,045 members, up 1 from 2003. Average attendance during 2004 was 2,609, up 15 from 2003.

Desert Southwest Conference
June 9-12, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Total membership at the end of 2004 was 43,979, down 814. Average worship attendance was 30,253, down 631.

Oregon-Idaho Conference
June 8-11, 2005, Salem, Ore.
Membership stands at 34,407, down 840 from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 17,632, down 428.

Twenty-six annual conferences have not yet submitted reports.

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