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1983 - November - Journey Magazine

1983 - November - Journey Magazine

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NOVEMBER
1983
 
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TheGrowthandNeedsofSLACC
ManyofyouhavenowreadtheproposalwrittenastheinitialguidelinesforSpiritualLifeAndClergyCare.ItwaspartoftheGeneralConferenceDelegatepackets,onbluepaper(ppF9-F12).ThisproposaloutlinedmuchofSLACC'sfuturegrowthanddevelopmentwhileemphasizingthateachstagewouldevolveastalent,resources,financesandtimeallowed.Enoughhashappenedtotakethespacetotellaboutrecentgrowthandcontinuingneedsforassistance.
PENSIONPLAN
TheproposalforSLACCincludedthatthisinstitution,withauthorizationfromtheBoardofElders,mightinitiateandfacilitateclergybenefitplanssuchasretirement,healthinsurance,etc.InthecaseoftheClergyPensionPlan,approvedbyGeneralConference,SLACCwasafurtherimpetustodeveloptheproposalandisthestaffofficeoftheBoardofPensions.TheBoardofPensionswillbeaseparatelyincorporatedentitywhichwillmakealldecisionsregardingthecourseanddirectionofourownpensionforthebenefitoftheclergy.SLACCwillcarryoutthedirectivesoftheBoardofPensions,mostofwhichwillsurroundinformationgatheringanddis-seminationandrecordkeeping.Questions,information,etc.concerningthepensionshouldbesenttoPension,P.O.Box691566,LosAngeles,CA90069.TheBoardofElderswillappointthefivememberstotheBoardofPensions(threelayandtwoordainedclergy).Theyhavealreadyrequestedresumesfromqualifiedapplicantsthroughaspecialenclosurewith"KeepingInTouch."IunderstandthatinquiriesaboutservingonthisBoardhavecomefrompeoplewithbackgroundsinmainlinedenominationpensionprograms,in-vestmentbrokersandinsuranceexecutives.Remember,theproposalforthepensionplanwhichisintheGeneralConferencepacketsisjusttheplandesignandnottheplanitself.Theplanismuchmoredetailedandwillbecomemore.soastheBoardofPensionguidesitsdevelopment.Therecordkeepingsystemisbeingsetupbythisofficewiththeinformationclergygaveonthepensionquestionnaire.Clergy,ifyouhavenotyetsentinyourquestionnaire,pleasedosoasthiscorrectin-formationisneeded.Ifyoudidnotreceiveoneorhavelostit,notifymeandIwillsendyouone.AsvotedbytheGeneralConference,thepensionplanwillbe
financed
bytheobligatoryassessmentofeachUnitedStates
2JOURNEY,NOVEMBER1983
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byNancy
Reoclvtte
CollectiveWriterandSeniorChaplain
congregationof30centsperactivevotingmember(memberingoodstanding)permonth.Thisispayablequarterly(payingthreemonths'assessmentatonetime)tothepensionfund.TheassessmentbeginsJanuary1,1984withthefirstquarter'spay-mentduenolaterthanApril10,1984.ThisobligationhasthesamesanctionsasthosewhichapplytotheFellowshiptitheandtheDistrictassessment.(SeeResolutionsNos.2,3and6,p.A-118oftheG.c.packet).EachlocalcongregationwillpaythisassessmentwhetherornotthereisalicensedorordainedMCCclergypersonaspastor,interimpastororworshipcoordinator.Likewise,thepermemberassessmentdoes
not
increasewhenthereisanassistantorassociatepastororclergyonstaff.Thisplanisnottobeviewedasapartofalocalchurch'sbenefitpackagebutisacontributiontotheFellowship'spensionplanforalleligibleclergy.Manycongre-gationswillchoosetoofferanadditionalretirementprogramspecificallyfortheirpastorasapartofthebenefitpackage.Forfurtherclarityabouttheplanreviewtheproposalandrelevantresolutions(pp.A106,Al18)passedbytheGeneralConference.Furtherinformationwillbesentasmoredetailsareavailable.
SLACCOFFICE
Samaritangenerouslyofferedspaceforaprivateofficeadjacenttotheschool.Thisofficehasitsownprivateentrytothepublichallwayandisnotaccessiblefromtheschoolcomplex.TheSLACCofficeisnestledawayinaquietcornerofthefirstfloorwhilethehubbubofFellowshipbusinessoccursonthethirdfloor.Theofficeisnewlypaintedandfurnishedwithpersonalequipmentofdesk,bookcases,filecabinetandchairs.Thebestfeatureofthisnewofficeisthatitprovidescompleteprivacyandconfidentialitytoallwhoseekitsservices.Offpremisecounselingisavailableforthoseofyouwhofeelmorecomfortablemeetingelsewhere.
FINANCES
Thisareaisdevelopingtheslowest.TheGeneralConferencedidauthorize,inthebudget,thatSLACCmayraise$25,000ir.thissixmonths,however,noneofthismoneymaycomefromtheregulartithesandotherincomewhichfinancetheFellowship.Thisgivesusapaperfiguretouseinapproachingfoundations.Ofevenmorebenefitinthisandinmeetingcurrentexpenseswould
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COLLECTIVEEDITOR:
PaulaJ.Schoenwether
COLLECTIVEMEMBERS:
CoryAllison, TonyGotlibowski,KurtKreisler,Ravi Verma,FrankZerilli
COLLECTIVELIAISON:
TroyPerry
COLLECTIVEWRITERS:
BobArthur, JudyDahl,JennieBoydBull,Jeffrey Pulling,NancyRadclyffe,NancyWilson
COLLECTIVECONTRIBUTORS:
MarciaAlary,SherreBoothman,ChrisGlasser, BevTeagle JOURNEYisamonthlymagazineof UFMCC.ThefocusofJOURNEYisto providenewsandreportissuesofconcern withinUFMCCandtheLesbianandGay community.Contentsarecopyrightedand maynotbereproducedorextensively quotedwithoutpermission. EditorialOffice:5300SantaMonica Blvd.,Suite304,LosAngeles,CA90029. Phone:(213)464-5100.Subscriptionrate $16.80peryearU.S.,Canada,Mexico. $20.80otherareas.PublishedbyUniversal FellowshipPress.PrintedinU.S.A. AllmaterialssubmittedtoJOURNEYmustbeinclusiveofgender,ageandrace. TheEditorwillmodifyanylanguagenot meetingthesecriteria.
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Chaplain'sCorner 3Samaritan
4
EmbodyingGod'sLove 5RealClergySpouses
6
FFO8MoreToLove 10Profile
12
FellowshipNews 13Wings14SECResources 15Contest
CO
VER:CoryAllison
Samaritan
An
Orientation
To
MCC
MCCLosAngelesLosAngeles,CA June
11-
July22
Pastoring
bySherreL.Boothman DeanofSamaritanCollege
OneofourFellowship'sgreatestneeds educationallyhasbeentoprovideadequate trainingforourpastors.Theneedhasbeen forboththetrainingofstudentclergyand thecontinuingeducationofclergy.Ihave beenblessedwiththeopportunityto announceanewprogramcalled"Orien- tationtoMCCPastoring"thatwillbe sponsoredbySamaritanCollegenext summer.Thisprogramwasdesignedbythe SamaritanManagementTeamatitsMarch 1983meeting.Ithassincebeenrevised basedonfeedbackfromtheClergyCre- dentialsandConcernsCommittee,the BoardofElders,thefacultyofSamaritan College,andnumerousotherindividuals throughoutUFMCC. TheOrientationtoMCCPastoringis designedtoprovidetrainingtostudent clergyandcontinuingeducationtoclergy inthepracticalaspectsofpastoringin MCC.Theentireprogramisdesignedasa sixweekintensiveseriesofseminars. Participantswillbeabletoregisterfortwo weekblocksoftheprogram.TheCCCC recommendedthatpartsoftheprogrambe offeredatdifferentlocationstohelpmake transportationcostreasonable.Forthe summerof1984,threeMCC'shavegra- ciouslyofferedtoco-sponsorpartsofthe program.Thesechurcheswillbeproviding classroomspace,coordinatinghousing,and arranginglunchesonthedaysclasseswill bemeeting.Twoofthe2-weekblockwill beofferedonlyinLosAngeles.Theseare thelocationsandtopics: First2-weekblock: CounselingandChristianEducation: June11-June24 .Second2-weekblock: WorshipandPreaching:June25- July8Third2-weekblock: ChurchAdministrationandSelf-Care andGrowth:July9-July22
MCCDetroit Detroit,MI June
18
-July1
2-weekblock: CounselingandChristianEducation
MCCDallasDallas,TX July30-August12
2-weekblock: WorshipandPreaching Eachofthethreelocationswillbegin withadaywithourModerator,Rev.Troy Perry.Theparticipantswillhavetimeto hearhisstory,sharewithhimduringthe day,andsocializethatevening.The facultywillbeclergyandlaityfromall overUFMCC,includingRev.FredaSmith, Rev.DonEastman,MargePerry,Jackie Walker,Rev.DeloresBerry,Rev.Jennie BoydBull,RosaTinetti,Rev.Jeffrey
continuedonpage14 NOVEMBER
1983,
JOURNEY3

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