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Massey takes center stage at General Conference (May 6, 2004)

Massey takes center stage at General Conference (May 6, 2004)

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

Massey takes center stage at General Conference

May 6, 2004    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*    
407-897-1140     Orlando  {0069}

An e-Review Feature
By J.A. Buchholz**

PITTSBURGH - Attendees to the 2004 General Conference Event have seen a great deal of Florida Conference delegate Mary Alice Massey. She has been serving as chairwoman of the General Conference Committee on Calendar and Agenda.

Massey, who heads the laity delegation for the Florida Conference, meets with the other committee members each morning, either at 6:30 a.m. or 7 a.m., to set the General Conference agenda for the day.

The Committee on Agenda plans in detail each day's business schedule once the General Conference convenes. When there is a change in the agenda, courtesy items to be announced or emergencies that must be made to attendees, it's Massey's face and voice that are seen and heard.

This is Massey's second time serving on the committee.

"It's tiring, but I enjoy it," said the member of Southside United Methodist Church.

Massey said she also enjoys being a part of General Conference as a delegate. "It's nice to be a part of the body of Christ," she said. "It's wonderful to conference with friends from around the country, as well as the world. I enjoy setting policy for the church. I like the worship services. I don't like the things that divide us."

Since becoming a United Methodist more than 40 years ago, Massey has never felt divided between her Methodist faith and her previous years as a Baptist.

"I'm proud of our outreach efforts, our attention to social issues and our involvement in higher education," she said. "I especially enjoy that we are becoming more of a global church."

Massey said she is particularly curious about what the church will become in the coming years. "I'm interested to see what will come out of living into the future," she said.

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*Wacht is director of Florida United Methodist Communications and managing editor
of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Buchholz is a staff writer for e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.