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Conference elects delegates

Conference elects delegates

6/9/2015
Iowa Conference elected its delegates and alternates to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference and North Central Jurisdictional Conference in the course of twelve ballots.   The 2016 General Conference  will be held May 10– 20 in Portland, Oregon.  Six clergy and six laity will represent Iowa at the every-four-years worldwide gathering.   Clergy delegates are: Lilian Gallo Seagren, Katie Dawson, Brian Milford, Barrie Tritle, Diane Wasson Eberhart, and Thomas Shinkle.  Lay Delegates are: ...

Iowa commitment to Imagine No Malaria celebrated

Iowa commitment to Imagine No Malaria celebrated

6/9/2015
“I have an incredible story of celebration for our church that you, members of the Iowa Conference have shaped,” said Sheri Atland, campaign director of Imagine No Malaria. “Today, together, our grassroots actions are uniting and informing the people of our church and beyond our doors to the communities that we serve.”   In 2014, the Iowa Annual Conference celebrated surpassing their goal of giving $2 million dollars. It has continued to grow and today donations top $2.1 million dollars that are...

Balloting continues for General and Jurisdictional Conference delegations

6/8/2015
Balloting continued for lay and clergy representatives to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.   Ballot 6: Results of the sixth ballot were announced on Monday morning.  John Rothlisberger was elected, becoming the fourth member of the laity delegation. No one was elected on the clergy ballot.   Ballot 7: Two clergy were elected – Brian Milford and Barrie Tritle.  No one was elected on the laity ballot.   Ballot 8: results: Darci Rubenking was elected by the laity.  No clergy were ...

Board of Pensions report on medical insurance for pastors

Board of Pensions report on medical insurance for pastors

6/8/2015
Rev. Dr. Beverlee Bell made a presentation to the Iowa Annual Conference on Action Item #400, Board of Pension and Health Benefits “Medical insurance is the big news,” said Rev. Bell “and the future of insuring pastors.” She gave a report on the history of health insurance provided by the Iowa Annual Conference.  For several years the Iowa Annual Conference was self insured, one-third of the premium paid for by the pastor and two-thirds paid for by the church.  In the 1990’s the Conference was ...

Conference and “hundreds of volunteers” celebrate 25 year Iowa Nigeria Partnership

Conference and “hundreds of volunteers” celebrate 25 year Iowa Nigeria Partnership

6/8/2015
In one of the most rousing ministry celebrations seen in recent memory in the Iowa Annual Conference, a great dancing processing brought offerings to celebrate the twenty-five years of the Iowa Nigeria Partnership (INP).   “Partners in projects and friends” gave praise for what Bishop Trimble called “one of the longest running partnerships in the church.”   In 1989 four Iowans traveled to Nigeria in response to the invitation of the Great Commission.  According to Beverly Nolte, “Our goals were ...

Iowa Conference donates more than $3 million to Heifer International

Iowa Conference donates more than $3 million to Heifer International

6/8/2015
Iowa United Methodists have given more than $3 million to the efforts of Heifer International in recent years.  As of 2014 the generous support has helped thousands of families and their communities to move beyond hunger. And Cindy Sellers Roach reported that that doesn’t include donations made my your congregations directly to Heifer. Roach, Community Engagement Manager for Iowa, joined Heifer International in 1997 as a teenager and learned quickly about the good Heifer Ranch was doing, calling...

Leading Beyond the Walls—final teaching sessions by Adam Hamilton

Leading Beyond the Walls—final teaching sessions by Adam Hamilton

6/8/2015
The second teaching session by Adam Hamilton of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS focused on ideas for effective worship and preaching where he asked the Iowa Conference to think about how you engage people in worship.   Rev. Hamilton started off explaining the components of “preaching that connects” and the “characteristics of effective preaching.” He suggested preparing worship that is thoughtful and well planned with intension.    Create worship that is exuberant,...

Monday News

6/8/2015
Greetings from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "We are in this together with you," said Dr. Lallene Rector, President of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.  Rector encouraged all churches to help young people discerning their call to ministry. "This is what we're working on. Helping our students become effective leaders, working for the well-being of all persons and for a sustainable environment, and people who are committed to helping the least of these. ...

Renowned pastor tells Annual Conference – Radiate possibility, focus on people and be ready for change

Renowned pastor tells Annual Conference – Radiate possibility, focus on people and be ready for change

6/8/2015
Annual Conference Session attendees were treated to a leadership revival at the Sunday night session of the Conference.  Pastor and author Adam Hamilton of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS was invited to present his three-session program “Leading Beyond the Walls” at this year’s Conference. “Part of what we’re in need of is a revival,” he said before embarking upon Session One. Rev. Hamilton first discussed the statistics indicating young millennials today becoming ...

2016 General Conference Election Results

2016 General Conference Election Results

6/7/2015
2015 Iowa Annual Conference Annual Session attendees elected three delegates to General Conference delegation in 2016 at the Saturday, June 6 session.   In the first round of balloting, no clergy member was elected, and Southeast District Field Outreach Minister Phil Carver was elected for the laity.   In clergy ballot 2, Southeast District Superintendent Rev. Lilian Gallo Seagren was elected. Also, in the second laity ballot, former Conference Lay Leader Norma Morrison was elected.   A third ...

Conference Artist’s Statement

Conference Artist’s Statement

6/7/2015
“My work as a visual artist depends on your willingness to see,” explained Conference Artist Rev. Ted Lyddon Hatten as he thanked the Annual Conference attendees for participating in the artistic process with him. “It is a conscious act on your part.” An artist, teacher, and theologian, Rev. Lyddon Hatten likes to work in a field known as “visual homiletics,” in which he uses visual art as a way of deepening our encounter with both the gospel and with each other. For Annual Conference, he has ...

First Day of 2015 Annual Conference Legislative Action

6/7/2015
The first day of the 2015 Iowa Annual Conference Session saw legislative action on four sections of resolutions. The full text of resolutions is available on the Iowa Annual Conference website HERE.     In Section 1, there was no action taken on #101 - Welfare. # 102 – Divesting from Companies That Support the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territories, and #103 – Rescind 2014 #105 Response to General Conference Inaction, were declared out of order. #104 – Support for an Increase in Family ...

The Good Dad

The Good Dad

6/7/2015
Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can. These famous words from John Wesley, the founder of the United Methodist Church, have been a clarion call for generations of people, inspiring them to go out into the world and do more. Frank Camp, clinic volunteer and board chair for Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors, is one who answered that call.  Frank, an attorney ...

"Go forth and tell a story in love and in joy" opens Laity session

6/6/2015
First Lady Racelder Grandberry-Trimble opened the Laity Session at the 2015 Annual Conference Session with prayer and words of encouragement for lay members of the Conference. “I am excited and enthusiastic about the kingdom of God,” she told those in attendance, “and because of that I am also excited about his kingdom people.” She greeted the Conference in peace on behalf Bishop Julius Trimble as well, who could not be at the Laity Session. Mrs. Trimble encouraged the faithful to put on the ...

The Laity Session filled with prayer, song, recognition and remembrance

The Laity Session filled with prayer, song, recognition and remembrance

6/6/2015
The Laity Session of the 2015 Annual Conference Session filled Saturday morning with prayer, song, laity recognition and remembrance before the Conference’s formal opening. After gathering music led by Southeast Field Outreach Minister Phil Carver and Leadership Development Minister Coleen McRoberts, Conference Lay Leader Margaret Borgen called the laity to worship, and First Lady Racelder Grandberry Trimble welcomed them with prayer and words of encouragement. Bridges 2 Harmony Roosevelt High ...

2015 annual conference session begins

2015 annual conference session begins

6/5/2015
A discussion about the work of the Design Task Force and proposed changes to clergy health benefits began the 172 session of the Iowa Conference.  Nearly four hundred people an orientation session at the Iowa Events Center, the site of the 2015 annual conference.   Bishop Julius C. Trimble, the resident United Methodist Bishop for Iowa declcared, “when the Conference is officially called to order tomorrow we will be United Methodists in Iowa for all the world to see as we worship, celebrate, ...

Bishop looks forward to annual conference

Bishop looks forward to annual conference

6/4/2015
Bishop Julius C. Trimble is "excited and enthusiastic" as he looks forward to the 2015 Iowa annual conference session.  He hopes that people will come "looking forward to great worship, an opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with old friends."  In short, Bishop Trimble thinks "it will be a great annual conference." Click here to listen to the conversation with Dr. Art McClanahan

Bishop's book now available

Bishop's book now available

6/4/2015
Stop by the Treasurer's Office to purchase your copy of A Faithful Church and a Healthy World.  A Faithful Church and a Healthy World is a collection of reflections and poems by Bishop Julius C. Trimble, Resident Bishop of the Iowa Annual Conference. Bishop Trimble engages the reader in issues including our call to be Christian disciples in a church we love, creating a world of peace and justice, caring for the earth that is the Lord's, and living a healthy life full of love for one another....

New mobile app debuts

New mobile app debuts

6/4/2015
The Iowa Conference has a new mobile app - just in time for the opening of the 2015 annual conference session. Designed in conjunction with Doxieworks of Belleview, WA, the new mobile app is available in Apple's app store for iOS as well as for Android phones.  Look for IA United Methodist Conference or scan the qr code. The app contains a special section for the 2015 annual conference that contains quick links to the agenda, the live stream, latest conference news, images from the conference,...

June School Teacher for Nigeria Update

6/1/2015
Rev. Yahuda Zailani graduates from Africa University on June 13 at 9 AM in Mutare, Zimbabwe.  He leaves to return to Nigeria on June 14 where he will resume his staff position at Banyam Theological Seminary.   Here is his last e-mail:  “I bring you greetings. The final result is out; so far I have made a CGPA of 3.32 in my final grade.  I really thank God for his goodness and mercies over my life. I was aiming at 3.5 but this is God's doing, I am grateful to you and all the IOWANS.  My mind is ...

New System to Recognize Speakers at AC

New System to Recognize Speakers at AC

6/1/2015
Attendees of the Annual Conference will be focused on many weighty matters that the church is facing. But it’s the job of people like Roland Minshall, the Conference’s Manager of Information Technology (IT), to guide many of the small but important technical details that help those gathering for the Conference to more easily do their work. One such detail is the system that has will be in place at Hy-Vee Hall for Q&A during the plenary sessions of the Conference. Over the years, a few different...

June School Teacher for Nigeria Update

5/31/2015
It happened!  Yes, Rev. Danjuma Juji received his visa from the U.S. Embassy on May 5 and was on a flight to attend his graduation at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. on May 9. What a thrill for him to be part of the processional down the aisle in Washington Cathedral to receive his Doctoral degree. This event will long be treasured by Danjuma. We still need $500 to help cover his travel costs. As always monies may be sent through your local church to the Conference Treasurer ...

Twenty-two graduate from licensing school

Twenty-two graduate from licensing school

5/19/2015
By Deborah Coble Wise*   Twenty-two certified candidates for ministry from the Iowa, Northern Illinois, Missouri and the Wisconsin Annual Conferences gathered May 10-16, 2015, for The Iowa Annual Conference Licensing School.  The school, held on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt Pleasant, Iowa, operates under guidelines provided by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.   The students took part in an intensive week of study and practice to prepare them for service as ...

Jesse’s Future

5/6/2015
Ann Naffier, one of our staff attorneys for Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors, writes about a recent imimgrant client. Ann travels to the United Methodist Church in Decorah and in Columbus Junction, to Lovely Lane United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids and to Wesley United Methodist Church in Ottumwa. Ann shared this story at the Laity Day on April 25, 2015, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Des Moines.

New conversation plan for General Conference

New conversation plan for General Conference

5/3/2015
Portland, Ore.: The Commission on the General Conference gave the go-ahead for an alternative process of discernment for dealing with legislative petitions that may benefit from discussion in small groups.  The process would have to be voted on and approved by delegates at the 2016 General Conference in order to take effect. The Commission plans to request that this process be used for dealing with petitions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity at the 2016 General Conference, but it...

Bishops call for sentencing reform

Bishops call for sentencing reform

5/1/2015
Bishop Julius C. Trimble was one of three local bishops who called upon Sen. Charles Grassley calling for sentencing reform that affects persons incarcerated in federal prison for non-violent drug offenses.  Joined by Lutheran Bishop Michael Burk, of the Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Pates of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, the three bishops were "among 130 of Iowa's faith leaders who last week signed a ...

May School Teacher for Nigeria Update

4/30/2015
In May:  Rev. Uzajja Dauda, in a Master’s Degree program at Africa University, heads for Nigeria on May 9  to do his internship.  Rev. Danjuma Juji, Faculty member at Banyam Theological Seminary, will graduate on May 11 with a Doctor’s of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary IF he is granted a visa by the U.S. Embassy. Prayers needed! Adams Davidson will graduate from WITCC in Sioux City on May 15 with an Associate Degree in Networking Administration. If you want to send him a greeting his ...

Preparing for storm season

Preparing for storm season

4/28/2015
Summer is coming soon, and in Iowa that means there is an increased likelihood of natural disasters. Wind, hail, floods, and fires all pose a potential threat this time of year, so it’s good to be prepared in the event of a storm or other incident involving the elements. To ensure that Iowans are ready for such an emergency, a new disaster preparedness initiative will be introduced at Annual Conference this year. The program addresses the basic questions that you should be asking yourself so ...

Living Grace Matters

4/16/2015
  Living Grace Matters is a project launching next month called Living Grace showcasing young UM videographers.  Sponsored by the AFTE scholars program, Greg Jones , Laceye Warner , Bishop Scott Jones and others , this is a video competition for young adults, 18 – 30, inviting them to tell stories of journey, community, and reconciliation in 3-minute videos.      Why Living Grace? The full website launches May 18, and a temporary landing page featuring this video which explains the program ...

Sending petitions General Conference & more

Sending petitions General Conference & more

4/16/2015
General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. The assembly meets once every four years to consider revisions to church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church wide programs for the next four years. The 2016 meeting will have 864 delegates from around the world and will take place May 10-20 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. Submitting petitions...

Touching Lives - NJFON April Update

4/7/2015
Read the National Justice For Our Neighbors - April 2015 Update

April School Teacher for Nigeria Update

3/31/2015
On the move: Yahuda Zailani completes his Master’s Degree program in early May, graduates June 7 from Africa University and returns back to Nigeria, his family and his position as a theological professor at Banyam Theological Seminary on June 8.   He had to print his dissertation for 4 faculty members, would like to purchase a Kindle loaded with theological books for his teaching, rent a cap/gown for graduation and have expense money for travel back to Bambur once he returns to Nigeria.   Uzajja...

Client Story from Brynne Howard for the March 28, 2015 JFON committee meeting

3/30/2015
In 2011, JFON helped a teacher from Guatemala, Raymundo* obtain withholding of removal (a form of relief similar to asylum) based on persecution he feared due to his active membership in a teacher’s union.   In 2014, Raymundo contacted JFON again because his 14 year-old daughter, Gloria* was detained on the border.  She had entered the United States as an unaccompanied minor – making the perilous journey from Guatemala to the USA alone.  She left Guatemala after she was twice threatened with ...

Volunteers needed for General Conference

Volunteers needed for General Conference

3/30/2015
Volunteers needed for General Conference Nashville, Tenn.: Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during the 2016 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which will meet in Portland, Oregon from May 10-20, 2016. At this time, volunteers are needed for the following positions: 28 recorders, 10 channel “B” identifiers and 20 verbatim transcribers/copy editors. Recorders will serve as members of the staff of the secretary of the General Conference and ...

Laity Day with Bishop Trimble

3/23/2015
LAITY DAY with BISHOP TRIMBLE Saturday, April 25, 2015 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Aldersgate UMC, 3600 75th St, Urbandale, IA 50322-3096 Click here to watch the live stream of Laity Day with the Bishop Bishop Trimble will have two topics, Five Marks of a Methodist, based on a new book of the same title by Steve Harper, and in the afternoon, Poverty to Opportunity.  Bishop Trimble is eager for dialogue and questions from laity and there will be time allowed for that. There will be worship, communion ...

Support helps JFON ‘Give a Child a Chance’

Support helps JFON ‘Give a Child a Chance’

3/18/2015
Click here to see images from the JFON 'Give a Child a Chance" event Generous support at a January event is making it possible for Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors to “Give a Child a Chance.”  More than 100 people gathered on January 28, 2015, to support JFON, which “is a faith-driven ministry, welcoming immigrants into our churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy.”   Frank Camp, JFON’s Board chairperson, called the outpouring ...

500 Dresses For Girls in Nigeria

500 Dresses For Girls in Nigeria

3/17/2015
There are a million ways to make a difference in the world, if you only have the desire and the will to do it. In the case of sixth-grader Hannah Curtis, it just took some pillowcases, a sewing machine, and determination. Listen to Hannah talk about making 500 dresses Click here to see additional images of Hannah and the pillowcase dresses  Hannah loves to sew. And not long ago, when she and her mother were trying to think of a good project to work on, they discovered that many girls in ...

Connecting

Connecting

3/14/2015
Click to listen to the conversation with Rev. Francisco Cañas Click to see Thursday's images. Click to see Friday's images. Click to see Saturday's images. Connecting.    That’s what nearly two hundred United Methodist lay and clergy, including six bishops, did for the three days of the Third National Consultation on Hispanic/Latino Ministry.  The event, which was held at Duke Divinity School, featured three keynote presentations and responses, lively worship, a lifetime achievement ...

April Palma joins JFON as the unaccompanied minors attorney in March 2015

April Palma joins JFON as the unaccompanied minors attorney in March 2015

3/12/2015
April Palma joined JFON as the unaccompanied minors attorney in March 2015. April grew up near Denver, CO and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Political Science and International Affairs in 2011. She received her law degree from Drake Law School in 2014. During Law school April clerked for Iowa Legal Aid and represented individuals in the Tax Clinic. April is licensed to practice law in Iowa and is fluent in Spanish.   April lives in Clive  and when not ...

Life Changing Camp Celebrates 100 Years

Life Changing Camp Celebrates 100 Years

3/12/2015
Lake Okoboji United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center is celebrating 100 years in 2015 and they have produced a video to commemorate. Click here to view - http://okobojicamp.com/ Lake Okoboji U.M. Camp is a gem in the heart of the Iowa Great Lakes vacationland. They are open year round for summer camp opportunities, school groups and youth functions. In addition, they are ready to host retreat for families, businesses, individuals and non-profits. If you are looking for a life-changing camp ...

‘Discipleship Ministries’ Is Agency’s New Identity

‘Discipleship Ministries’ Is Agency’s New Identity

3/4/2015
Discipleship Ministries has officially become the new name of the general agency of The United Methodist Church known for years as The General Board of Discipleship, or GBOD. The name change, which includes new addresses for the website and agency personnel emails, was announced by Dr. Timothy L. Bias, General Secretary (chief executive) of Discipleship Ministries.   “The shift from General Board of Discipleship to Discipleship Ministries was an intentional decision to more clearly communicate ...

Colleen McRoberts concludes LDM service

3/4/2015
Colleen McRoberts is moving on from her position as Leadership Development Minister (LDM) for Social Justice and Mission.  She concludes her service with the Iowa Conference at the end of March   “Colleen has shared with me that she is feeling a clear call to take leadership in forming an alternative Christian community,” said Rev. Karen Dungan, Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries.  “Her resignation from the LDM position will allow her the time to discern the direction of this ...

March School Teacher for Nigeria Update

2/28/2015
      March 2015 School Teachers for Nigeria We’re CELEBRATNG!  Yes, after a 25 year partnership with the UMC in Nigeria, we Iowans will celebrate on Monday, June 8 at our Annual Conference in Des Moines. If not a delegate to this event, YOU are invited to join us at 8:30 AM for the opening African worship service and then the celebration presentation.  Plan to stroll through the Nigerian Picture Walk, visit the village hut and see the farm and cooking wares and then attend the celebration ...

Disaster Preparedness and Response Ministries ‘show that we care’

Disaster Preparedness and Response Ministries ‘show that we care’

2/27/2015
For Rev. Catie Newman, Iowa Conference’s Disaster Preparedness and Response ministries “show that we care.”  As important as it is to deal with fallen trees after a tornado or help remove water from basements after a flood, the act of “simply being there means so much; it means that people know that they’re not alone, that they’re cared for.” “There are really two parts of what we do,” Rev. Newman said.  “The first is preparedness, helping people to know what to do, in advance.  The second is ...

A Sermon, Socks and Underwear

A Sermon, Socks and Underwear

2/24/2015
At Aldersgate UMC in Urbandale, a city of some 40,000 people located in the Des Moines metro area, the Advent season came alive in a special way this past year when members of the congregation were called on to bring desperately needed gifts to the local homeless in Des Moines. Aldersgate Lead Pastor Jon Bailey likes to work with the church’s worship committee to find ways to connect the congregation to each sermon series in a tangible way. “The series was supposed to be about focusing on the ...

Imagine No Malaria Recognized as Superhero at Global Meeting

Imagine No Malaria Recognized as Superhero at Global Meeting

2/24/2015
Imagine No Malaria, an initiative of The United Methodist Church to prevent and treat malaria, has received a Superhero Award from the Rotarians Action Group on Malaria. The award was given during the recent annual meeting of the Alliance for Malaria Prevention in Geneva. Imagine No Malaria, the only faith-based organization represented among the award recipients, was recognized for its grassroots efforts in reaching rural and hard to reach areas with its prevention methods. Dr. Olusimbo Ige, ...

Immigration Ministry Reunites Families

2/24/2015
A Marshalltown woman faced a family crisis a few years ago when doctors explained that her 5-year-old had a life expectancy of only six years. She had a full-time job on the production line of the local Swift plant, so she had a steady income to care for family needs. The father was the primary caregiver for their house-bound child with the support of a nurse who was assigned to the child for four hours each day.   Given the extreme circumstances of their child’s health, the couple was managing ...

United Methodist Women Recognizes Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors with Grant

2/23/2015
The logo of the United Methodist Women not only bears the cross and flame and the name of the organization, but also the words “FAITH—HOPE—LOVE IN ACTION.” How much difference those two little words “in action” make to an organization of Christian women!!     As an inheritor of the Wesley DNA and as an inheritor of the dedication of generations of women of several denominations who joined together to support mission for women, children and youth, the UMW has long been concerned about society’s ...

Bishop calls for ‘involved, empowered citizens’

Bishop calls for ‘involved, empowered citizens’

2/19/2015
Bishop Julius C. Trimble called upon Iowa’s legislators to promote a healthy society and thriving state that is “characterized by citizens who are involved, educated and empowered.”    Click here to watch a video of the Bishop's keynote  Speaking at the annual Legislative Advocacy Day he thanked the legislators for their service to the State.  In addition he encouraged them saying the mandate to share the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is consistent with that of State Representative ...

'Ashes to Go'

'Ashes to Go'

2/18/2015
It’s an unlikely place for church.  A coffee shop.  Espressos and lattes.  Hot chocolates and smoothies.  Muffins and oversized cookies.   And ashes.   Immanuel United Methodist Church brought church to the people.  Ash Wednesday was happening in the midst of the tables, soft chairs and a blazing fireplace.     Rev. Katie Dawson, Immanuel’s Lead Pastor and Associate Pastor Todd Treese were at a table marked with a purple stole.  A sign offered, simply, “ashes and prayers.”  Cards offered ...

‘Bringing the Church to the People’

‘Bringing the Church to the People’

2/18/2015
The church was brought to the people on Ash Wednesday by four United Methodist clergy.  In their white albs they headed out through the Des Moines Skywalk system, at noon, to offer pray and the imposition of ashes.   “The Holy Spirit seems to be moving us here today,” Rev. Martha Ward observed, thinking about what some called “ashes to go.”  “It was similar to what John Wesley did when he got outside the church,” Rev. Bob Ward noted, adding “it feels right in our tradition.”   Click to listen to...

De-Scarify Audits for the Local Church webinar set for February 24

De-Scarify Audits for the Local Church webinar set for February 24

2/18/2015
An audit can be a scary thing.  At the very least, an audit is a huge piece of work.   The Finance team of the Iowa Conference is out to help with that!   Terry Montgomery, Conference Treasurer, and Emily Graber, Senior Staff Accountant, will be presenting a webinar on Tuesday, February 24 aimed at presenting a strategy to help congregations to De-Scarify Audits for the Local Church. Click here to learn more about the webinar and register   The Book of Discipline requires every church,, to have...

Ministry Cabinet experiences ‘the Spirit moving’

Ministry Cabinet experiences ‘the Spirit moving’

2/13/2015
“I feel the Spirit moving,” Bishop Julius Trimble said in the course of the most recent meeting of the Ministry Cabinet.  “We’re connected to a power that’s inexhaustible” concurred Rev. Rebecca Fisher, Leadership Development Minister for Evangelism and New Ministries.   The focus on emerging communities of faith, a conversation that included members of the Parish Development Committee, was “a helpful dialogue” noted Rev. Bruce Wittern, the Committee’s chairperson.  “I’m excited,” he added, ...

Paper cranes at Ames First UMC symbols of 'God's love and peace'

Paper cranes at Ames First UMC symbols of 'God's love and peace'

2/4/2015
More than 500 cranes hang along the exterior of the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Ames.  Filled with personal words, the origami cranes offer a visible witness of the hopes of many in that community of faith.   “We did the peace cranes a year ago,” Rev Fred Lewis, Ames First’s Pastor, recalled.  “We wanted to do something visible,” he added, to "reflect a heartfelt desire for peace.”   The pieces of paper that were folded into the cranes “were handed out on a Sunday morning ...

Ministry orders and fellowship gather – ‘we responded to God’s call’

Ministry orders and fellowship gather – ‘we responded to God’s call’

2/3/2015
"We are here because at one time or another we responded to God's call" said Pastor John Brockschink as the winter meeting of the orders of Elders and Deacons and Fellowship of Licensed Local Pastors began.  The twice-yearly gathering of ministry leaders was held at First United Methodist Church in Ames.   Bishop Julius Trimble called it “a privilege” to be in ministry with persons in the Iowa Conference and affirmed the Elders, Deacons, and Licensed Local Pastors noting, "we do worshipful work....

February School Teacher for Nigeria Update

1/31/2015
  Do you ever wonder about the Nigerian United Methodist students that the Iowa Conference supports at school here in Iowa?  What their background is? About their families they leave in Nigeria? Here is the story of Adams Davidson, a junior at Western Iowa Technical Community College in Sioux City.  I write with a humble heart to express my profound gratitude and to say a big THANK YOU to the entire United Methodist family in Iowa for their support toward my education. The Iowa Nigeria ...

Just Resolution announced

1/30/2015
A Just Resolution has been achieved in the complaint against the Rev. Dr. Larry Sonner.  It was announced by Bishop Julius C. Trimble in a Pastoral Letter on January 29, 2015.  “This Just Resolution,” he said, “is an attempt to honor our disciplinary process, maintain accountability, and seek a deeper, more prayerful, listening to each other and, most of all, to God.”   A formal complaint was filed by the Appointive Cabinet - the Superintendents of the Iowa Conference - after Dr. Sonner ...

Pastor seeks help freeing brother in Congo

Pastor seeks help freeing brother in Congo

1/30/2015
The Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko, pastor of Norwalk United Methodist Church in Norwalk, Iowa, is working for the release of his brother from prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Text of the Just Resolution

1/30/2015
A just resolution in the matter of a formal complaint filed against Rev. Dr. Larry Sonner.   Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church January 28, 2015   As Conference Superintendents, we are an extension of the Office of the Bishop.  With humility, we affirm the General Rules of Order and the Discipline of The United Methodist Church, and our responsibility to faithfully work with Dr. Sonner and Bishop Trimble for a just resolution in this matter.    The Appointive Cabinet willingly ...

Join us for the Best. Week. Ever! 2015 Iowa UMC summer camp fun is on the way!

Join us for the Best. Week. Ever! 2015 Iowa UMC summer camp fun is on the way!

1/28/2015
By: David Hobbs Iowa United Methodist Camps and Retreats have impacted thousands of lives over the years with the same marked purpose; to share the love of Jesus Christ so lives are changed.   This year we rejoice and commemorate a wonderful milestone—our Iowa United Methodist Okoboji Camp and Retreat Center Celebrates 100 years of programming.  Okoboji’s very first camp meeting was held in 1915, 100 years ago, on the grounds of Okoboji United Methodist Camp.  Since that moment Iowa United ...

Council of Bishops Executive Committee meets

1/23/2015
The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church held its annual January meeting on the 13th and 14th in Dallas, Texas. They shared devotions, heard reports and took actions on a number of items in their quest to lead the church in "making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." THE GLOBAL NATURE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH was celebrated as preparations are being made for the next COB meeting in Berlin, Germany, May 1-7, 2015. ...

Estherville UMC helps Hispanic family after their home is destroyed by fire

1/23/2015
The Estherville UMC has found a way to serve the needy and cross the racial barrier in their local community. On January 7, 2015 Martha Vasquez dropped three of her young children off at daycare and drove to work early in the morning to a factory in nearby Swea City, IA. She left two sons ages 14 and 9 at home to get ready for school knowing due to the frigid temperatures school would be late, if not cancelled. Approximately 7:00 a.m. the boys awoke to smoke in their 2nd floor apartment and ran ...

Margaret Borgen, Conference Lay Leader, looks to strengthen ‘bond of Christian faith’

Margaret Borgen, Conference Lay Leader, looks to strengthen ‘bond of Christian faith’

1/15/2015
Margaret Borgen is the new Lay Leader of the Iowa Conference.  In that role she looks to strengthen “the bond of our Christian faith.”   Margaret became the Conference Lay Leader following the untimely death of Dave Decker last fall.  “I never expected to be in this role,” she said, “because Dave loved this role and I know he would have stayed in it as long as our Discipline allows.”  Noting that, “We were very different people,” she added, “we just go along so well and I think we learned a lot ...

Bishop Rueben P. Job has died

1/3/2015
Word was received late Saturday afternoon, January 3, 2015, of the death of Bishop Rueben P. Job.   Bishop Job was the Resident Bishop of the Iowa Conference from 1984 until 1992.   A prolific author, Bishop Job is well-known for his book, Three Simple Rules: A Welseyan Way of Living.   Bishop Julius C. Trimble, Iowa Conference’s current Bishop, said, “We lift the Rueben Job family in our prayers. A long faithful journey has come to an end.in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Death is not ...

January School Teacher for Nigeria Update

1/1/2015
  As we move into January in Nigeria, schools will resume classes after the Christmas break whether Jan. 5 or 12th. For Yahuda Zailani and Uzajja Dauda, Banyam Theological Seminary faculty studying at Africa University, they have had a month break so were assigned jobs on the campus in exchange for room and meals.  Yahuda went to the home of a Zimbabwean classmate while Uzajja and other international students went to Harare to spend Christmas day.   With the assistance from Iowa churches and ...

New Conference Website Video Tour

New Conference Website Video Tour

12/10/2014
On Wednesday December 10th the Iowa Conference will debut a new look for the Conference website at http://www.iaumc.org.  To help you learn about navigating through the new site we have produced a short video tour which may be accessed at   https://iaumc.s3.amazonaws.com/NewWebsite.mp4

‘Our mandate is clear’

12/9/2014
By Dr. Arthur McClanahan*   “Our mandate is pretty clear,” said Bishop Julius Trimble of the Iowa Conference, “when it comes to loving and welcoming the migrant, the stranger, our neighbor.”  That assessment came following days when "we heard stories of hope and incredible resilience.”   Bishop Trimble offered his reflections while sitting in the airport in Stuttgart Germany following the Global Migration Consultation that brought together some forty persons from around the world for the four ...

Global Migration Consultation - Day two

12/6/2014
By Dr. Arthur McClanahan* Day two of the Global Migration Consultation began with a reminder to care for the “immigrants [who] live in your land with you” (Leviticus 19.34, CEB) and concluded with the beginnings of several commitments to make that biblical imperative a current-day reality.  Along the way migration trends were discussed, experiences were shared and sub-groups of the forty people present at the Freudenstadt , Germany gathering began working on three particular concerns. Rev. David...

Bishop Trimble ‘inspired’ by United Methodist Church in Mexico

12/5/2014
Click here to listen to the conversation with Bishop Trimble Click to see photos from day 2 of the Global Migration Consultation By Dr. Arthur McClanahan* Bishop Julius C. Trimble, Iowa’s resident United Methodist Bishop, is inspired “particularly [by] our Methodist sisters and brothers in Mexico.”  His reflection, after the second day of a four-day Global Migration Consultation in Freudenstadt, Germany, included an affirmation of “both our opportunity as United Methodists in Iowa, and, ...

Care for the migrant to focus on ‘action of hope’

Care for the migrant to focus on ‘action of hope’

12/5/2014
Click here to listen to Bishop Felipe de Jesus Ruiz Aguilar  By Dr. Arthur McClanahan* The Methodist Church in Mexico is committed to hope and according to Bishop Felipe de Jesus Ruiz “it’s more than a word of hope,” it’s an “action of hope. “A national project is being initiated,” he said, “to accompany the routes of migrants.“  The “fundamental element,” he adds, is to “offer a place where they can communicate with family members who are left behind in their native countries.” Some twenty ...

‘Migration will revitalize the church”; Global Consultation convenes in Germany

12/4/2014
Click here to listen to the interview with Bishop Rosemarie Wenner Click here to listen to the interview with GBGM General Secretary Thomas Kemper Click here to see images from the first day of the Consultation By Dr. Arthur McClanahan* “Migration will bring renewal to the Church, said one of the participants at a first-of-its-kind Global Migration Consultation.  The event, co-sponsored by the United Methodist Church in Germany and the General Board of Global Ministries, is bringing together ...

UMC #GivingTuesday Shows the Strength of a Denomination United

12/3/2014
United Methodists once again responded with extravagant generosity on UMC #GivingTuesday. On December 2, 2014, more than $2.5 million was donated online through The Advance to support mission and ministries around the world. The denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries matched the first $1 million in gifts to help build excitement and leverage donations. More than 770 projects and missionaries received more 8,700 gifts through UMC #GivingTuesday. The response was global with donors from...

On Race and Hope – A Community Valuing All People

On Race and Hope – A Community Valuing All People

11/26/2014
By Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble Note: These words from Bishop Julius C. Trimble were shared as part of a lecture at Cornell College Mt. Vernon Iowa, November 11,2014. He shares them as an offering for constructive conversation and as lament and hope as we seek a more excellent way in light of Protest and destruction in Ferguson, Missouri. When it comes to the subject of race, racism, and American tribalism, I am a harbinger of hope, a trafficker of love. However I do believe we suffer more as a ...

A Statement on President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

11/24/2014
President Barack Obama announced executive action to remedy protracted inaction on immigration reform on Thursday night November 20. This good news was indeed a word of Mercy pointing toward a focus on hope and not fear. In our President’s words, “Mass deportation is impossible and contrary to our character.” President Obama echoed scripture that is foundational to our call for comprehensive Immigration Reform. - “You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners, for you yourselves were once ...

Book of Worship Resources Now Available Online at No Cost

Book of Worship Resources Now Available Online at No Cost

11/24/2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Nov. 24, 2014  /Discipleship Ministries/  – Many worship elements included in The United Methodist Book of Worship are now available online at no cost for use by congregations and other worshiping or church-related educational communities. The resources are being provided by Discipleship Ministries under a special arrangement with The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH), said Taylor Burton-Edwards, Director of Worship Resources at Discipleship Ministries. “This makes ...

Town-Hall meetings - “Healthy discussion is very good for us”

Town-Hall meetings - “Healthy discussion is very good for us”

11/24/2014
Click here to listen to Terry Montgomery discuss the Town Hall meeting Click here to see images from the Town Hall meeting at Valley UMC, West Des Moines “Healthy discussion is very good for us,” is Terry Montgomery’s assessment of the series of Town Hall meetings that’s underway.  The Dubuque session, to be held on Monday, November 24, begins the second-half of the 16 gatherings. (Click here for the complete list  of locations, dates, and times.) “We’ve been happy with the attendance so far…...

United Methodists praise president’s immigration order

11/24/2014
By Kathy L. Gilbert and Sam Hodges Nov. 21, 2014 |NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) President Barack Obama’s immigration plan offers “a word of mercy and a measure of justice,” saidUnited Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño, co-chair of the denomination’s interagency task force onimmigration reform. The plan means undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for more than five years and have children who are U.S. citizens or residents “can now come out of the shadows,” said Carcaño, episcopal leader ...

What is the United Methodist Church doing in the midst of the humanitarian crisis at the southern border of the United States?

11/20/2014
Where is God in the midst of the suffering that impels children and single mothers with babies and toddlers to risk a difficult journey from El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras to arrive in the U.S.?  How can Christians understand the fear of violence and poverty that motivates unaccompanied children or teens, mothers with small children to leave their homes?  See the National Justice for Our Neighbors website for articles to help United Methodists look at the humans behind the statistics that we...

A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Julius C. Trimble

11/19/2014
A formal complaint has been filed against Rev. Dr. Larry Sonner, alleging, “practices declared by The United Methodist Church to be incompatible with Christian teachings…performing same-sex wedding ceremonies.” [2012 Book of Discipline ¶ 2702.1(b)] The Appointive Cabinet, in accordance with ¶ 363.1 of the 2012 Book of Discipline, filed the formal complaint when it became aware of his actions. At the time of a consultation with the Bishop, the Appointive Cabinet entered into a time of prayer and...

2016 General and Jurisdictional Conference elections and petitions

2016 General and Jurisdictional Conference elections and petitions

11/17/2014
GENERAL AND JURISDICTIONAL CONFERENCE ELECTION GENERAL CONFERENCE PETITIONS   At the 2015 Iowa Annual Conference, the lay and clergy members will be electing delegates to the 2016 General Conference, North Central Jurisdictional Conference, and reserves to those delegations.   As the chief legislative arm of the church, the General Conference meets every four years to determine program emphases and budgets and to review church law and the church’s position on matters of social justice. It is the...

Retirees renew friendships – ‘It’s good to be together!’

11/17/2014
Click here to see images from the Retirees and spouses gathering Click here to listen to Rev. Neill Cross describe 'what it's like to be a retiree.' Click here to listen to Rev. Bob Burkhart talk about 'feeling connected for a while' through the Retirees and spouses gatherings “It’s good to be together,” said Rev. Dennis Tevis of the 2014 fall Retirees’ gathering.  “It’s important to the retirees to get to see their friends and have time to sit and talk to them and catch up,” added Jo ...

Shared ministries of the UMC that transform the world

11/14/2014
Want to learn more about the shared ministries of The United Methodist Church?  Interested in discovering the World Service Fund is at the heart of our denomination-wide ministry, underwriting Christian mission and ministry around the world?  Did you know that through the generous gifts of  United Methodists Africa University offers post-secondary education for students through colleges of agriculture and natural resources, management and administration, theology, education, health sciences, ...

Thrive Lives Like Jesus

Thrive Lives Like Jesus

11/14/2014
Click to listen to Jeremy Poland talk about Thrive in a conversation with Dr. Art McClanahan Click here to watch the Thrive promo video By Liz Winders* Pastor Jeremy Poland has the energy it takes to show a new community of faith how to live like Jesus. He says that Thrive is a place where people can enjoy community, ask questions, and explore who they are and what they value so they can come together as a church, serve and change the community they live in. Jeremy is one of the pastors at ...

Same-sex marriage complaint against Michigan pastors resolved

11/13/2014
By Kathy L. Gilbert Nov. 12, 2014 | (UMNS) Two United Methodist pastors in Michigan will not go to trial for officiating at same-sex unions, Bishop Deborah Kiesey announced. Kiesey would not comment on terms of the just resolution, citing the denomination’s lawbook thatcomplaint procedures are private and confidential. The complainants have not made their identities public and have not issued statements about the decision. Kiesey, leader of the Michigan Area which includes the Detroit and West ...

Seven New Missionaries to be Commissioned

11/13/2014
On Sunday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. EST, the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries will commission seven new missionaries for service around the world. The new missionaries come from South Korea, the United States, Paraguay and the Philippines and will be serving in Tanzania, Côte d’Ivoire, Honduras, the United States and Taiwan. Please keep them in prayer as they complete three weeks of training in Quito, Ecuador, and prepare to be commissioned. Bishop Silvio Cevallos of the ...

Creating a Culture of Renewal: Culture & Communication

11/12/2014
Continuing education seminar January through May 2015 In this five month accelerated course, you’ll decode hidden messages unintentionally delivered through worship and ministries of the church, which reinforce a stuck culture. Work with a trained mentor to turn insight into action. Empower a congregational leadership team with new hope and awareness.  Opening retreat  on Thursday, January 15 – Saturday, January 17, noon to noon.   Closing retreat Thursday, May 28 to Saturday, May 30, noon to ...

Saving a Life at Christmas - Imagine No Malaria

11/12/2014
If you are still looking for a mission focus this Christmas, or a way to transform the meaning of Advent, help us imagine a world without malaria. The Advent Toolkit includes posters, social media graphics, worship resources for each Sunday in Advent and sermon starters. There is also a wonderful video that helps us together imagine how we can make a difference and make history happen. These resources will help prepare your congregation for a special Christmas Eve mission offering that will ...

Bishops: Pray for us amid sexuality debate

11/11/2014
By Heather HahnNov. 7, 2014 | OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) The bishops of The United Methodist Church said in a statement addressing the denomination’s human sexuality debate that “our hearts break because of the divisions that exist within the church.” The Council of Bishops issued the statement Nov. 7 after hours of closed-door discussions on the subject throughout their meeting this week. They asked that United Methodists pray for their leaders and one another. They reiterated their consecration ...

Health expert: United Methodists saving millions

11/6/2014
By Heather Hahn Nov. 4, 2014 | OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) United Methodist generosity and creativity in the fight against malaria are saving millions of people’s lives, a world-known expert on tropical diseases told the denomination’s bishops. “I have heard about the work that your congregations, particularly your young people, have been doing — the level of creativity, energy and commitment — to save the lives of millions of children and women in Africa,” said Dr. Christoph Benn. He is the director ...

Iowa Conference is ‘World Transforming;’ New Focus to be Children and Poverty

11/6/2014
Click here to listen to Rev. Robert Burkhart talk about the focus on children and poverty in a conversation with Dr. Art McClanahan Through individual and community generosity, the Iowa Conference is making a difference.  The support of Imagine No Malaria and an upcoming focus on children and poverty is “world transforming.” There was a “grand celebration” at the 2014 Iowa Annual Conference session at the announcement that the Conference has exceeded the goal of raising $2 million for Imagine...

Town Hall meetings ‘designed for feedback’

11/5/2014
Listen to Terry Montgomery, Iowa Conference Treasurer, talk about the upcoming Town Hall meetings, set to begin on November 11. The first of a series of “town hall” meetings across the Iowa Conference will take place on Tuesday, November 11. (Click here for the schedule of the meetings.) According to Conference Treasurer, Terry Montgomery, “These sessions are going to be designed for feedback.”  “These “town hall” meetings haven’t normally been on the calendar,” Montgomery said.  “I’m going ...

Council of Bishops Announces Constitutional Amendments Voting Results

11/4/2014
The Council of Bishops announced today that all four amendments to The United Methodist Church’s constitution approved by the 2012 General Conference received the required majority of votes to be ratified by annual conferences.  A two-thirds majority vote of General Conference delegates is required to amend the Constitution of The United Methodist Church. The amendments must also be ratified by annual conferences by a two-thirds affirmative vote. The vote results are reported to the Council of ...

Design Task Force proposes to “form to transform”

11/4/2014
Click here to listen to Rev. Tim Frasher describe the work of the Design Task Force “What we’ve been trying to do is form the Conference structure so that it can transform,” Rev. Tim Frasher, chair of the Design Task Force (DTF).  That work, from the group established by the 2013 Annual Conference session to propose a staffing model supporting the Strategic Priorities, will be part of a series of information gathering and sharing sessions. (click here for the complete list of dates and ...

LET the children come

LET the children come

11/4/2014
Rebecca Fisher LDM for Evangelism and New Ministry Development "Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'" Matthew 19:14 On Sunday October 19, 2014, I attended Thrive which is a new church located in West Des Moines led by Jeremy Poland and Jennifer Hibben. Jeremy preached a message entitled, “Live Like Jesus.” He shared the importance of growing beyond Believing In Jesus to Living Like Jesus. He recognized in ...

Hospitality in our Heartland

Hospitality in our Heartland

11/1/2014
By Melissa Bowe, NJFON Program Manager   Decorah is about 15 miles south of the Minnesota-Iowa border and is the northernmost town in Iowa. It is also the newest clinic location for Iowa-JFON. I had the distinct pleasure of flying to Wisconsin a few weeks ago and driving across farm country to the new clinic to meet and train their volunteers.   One thing was clear from the onset of my visit: legal information for immigrants is in high demand. I don’t know how many of you remember when the “...

2014 Conference Journal

10/30/2014
The 2014 Conference Journal and 2014 Clergy Lay Directory have been posted to the Conference’s website. Click here for the 2014 Journal and other documents that have been posted: To find addresses for clergy and lay please click here for the 2014 Clergy Lay Directory. To obtain the password for this section please send an email request to Jill.Stanton@iaumc.org. If you would prefer to view the Journal on a CD there are a few CDs left for purchase at $10.00 each. If you have questions or need ...

Communications Director receives award; named Vice-President

10/30/2014
Dr. Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference’s Director of Communications, received two awards for the audio archive on the Conference website at the recent meeting of the United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC).  The October 2014 gathering, held in Savannah, Georgia, brought together nearly 100 communicators from across the denomination. “Excellent production quality and use of audio for communications and information,” the judges noted about the interviews, podcasts, and recorded ...

Imagine No Malaria Campaign is Nearing Goal to Eliminate Suffering

10/30/2014
Click here to listen to Dr. McClanahan interview Rev. Gary Henderson and Myca Alford The Global Health Initiative of The United Methodist Church has exciting new resources available to ramp up giving and engagement in an effort to reach the $75,000,000 goal for the Imagine No Malaria Global Health Initiative. The initiative has been ahead of schedule for well over a year and to date is just shy of $64,000,000. Rev. Gary Henderson, executive director of the Global Health Initiative of the ...

Imagine No Malaria nearing goal to eliminate suffering

10/27/2014
Rev. Gary Henderson, executive director of the Global Health Initiative of The United Methodist Church, and Myca Alford, Senior Marketing Strategist, United Methodoist Communications, talk about the progress toward eliminating suffering from Malaria and how the "on the ground" medical presence has also been engaged in the fight against Ebola, in a conversation with Dr. Arthur McClanahan. Click here to listen to the conversation

Top court affirms Schaefer’s reinstatement as clergy

10/27/2014
The Rev. Frank Schaefer will remain a clergyman in The United Methodist Church. In a ruling made public Oct. 27, the denomination’s top court upheld a June decision by a regional appeals committee to reinstate Schaefer’s ministerial credentials, modifying the penalty imposed upon the Pennsylvania pastor after he was found guilty last November of violating church law by performing a same-sex wedding for his son in 2007. “The Judicial Council upon careful review of the decision of the Northeastern...

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