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Notices — April 17, 2005 {0277}

Notices — April 17, 2005 {0277}

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

Notices — April 17, 2005

April 17, 2005    News media contact:  Tita Parham*    
800-282-8011     Orlando  {0277}

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"In Search of Security" dialogue streamed live on Web

By Tita Parham

ORLANDO — Florida Conference United Methodists still have an opportunity to discuss their views on fear and security.

The second of two dialogue events, called "In Search of Security: A Conversation," will take place April 21, 7-9 p.m., in the Jim Rogers Auditorium at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.

United Methodists who would like to participate, but can't attend the live event, may be involved in the discussion by participating remotely through the Florida Conference Web site. The event will be streamed live on the site, with participants providing input via e-mail.

To access the event through Web streaming, participants can go to the Florida Conference Web site at and click on the "In Search of Security Live Video Webcast" banner above the conference vision/mission statement. Clicking on the Live Webcast banner will take participants to a page that asks if they will be using broadband or dialup level web streaming. The Webcast banner will not be available until the day of the event.

Participants must have Windows Media player, which is part of the windows operating system. To update the free player go to Microsoft's windows media web page

Of the people participating in the first dialogue event April 9 at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, 95 accessed the gathering via live streaming on the conference Web site.

The events are in response to a document titled "In Search of Security," published by the United Methodist Council of Bishops. The 32-page document, which can be accessed through the conference Web site, is "simply meant to stimulate discussion," according to Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker.

Each United Methodist bishop will be providing opportunities for United Methodists in his or her area to express their views on fear and security.
For more information about the upcoming second event and opportunities to participate in the dialogue visit the Florida Conference Web site at and click on the "In Search of Security" link or or contact Joanna Proferes at or 800-282-8011, extension 151.

More information about the dialogue initiative can also be found on the e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service Web site at

Deadline for hotel reservations for 2005 annual event fast approaching

By Cindy Aplin**

LAKELAND — Individuals who plan to attend the "One Body One Spirit" 2005 Florida Annual Conference Event at the Lakeland Center here and stay in an area hotel must make their reservations by May 1 to receive special hotel rates.

A listing of hotels can be found under the "Housing and Hotel/Motel Information for the 2005 Annual Conference Event" link on the Florida Conference Web site at

Several hotels have extended the special rate deadline to May 15.  After the hotels release the rooms they will no longer be available at the special conference rates.

For more information about the 2005 conference event go to


*Parham is managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Aplin is administrative assistant of the Florida Conference Building/Grounds and Service Department.