Name: Dianne Spencer
Role: Lay delegate
Local Church: Columbia Drive UMC
Legislative committee: Independent Committee
Q: You have been very active in women’s ministry and with women’s issues over the years. How do you feel those concerns were addressed at this General Conference?
A: I have been involved with UMW for a long time and I know the good work they have done and the many fine contributions they have made. But it has been clear to me from this conference that there are others who want a voice for women as well. I believe there are more people who are seeking to be heard.
Q: What would you like to have been different at GC?
A: I’d like us to take more advantage of technology to prepare people before they get here and to keep people informed while they are here. There are ways technology could help us better understand some of the complex issues we have to decide.
Q: What do you see in the future for the UMC?
A: This church is not dead and we need to share the Christ that we know. If we do that, our future is bright.
Q: Was there anything that caused you particular concern during GC?
A: I am continuing to hear from folks who believe their voices were not heard on various topics. We need to be very careful about listening to others and making sure everyone has an opportunity to speak. This church is meant to be open to all.
Q: You have been preparing for this event for a long time now. How do you feel now that your work is done?
A: The folks who voted for us to be here should know that we have given it our all. We came here after much preparation and study and worked to remain faithful to the task.
Q: Did you make some new friends while you were here?
A: I did. Of course, when you have been to previous conferences, this gets to be like a reunion. It is good to be around people who are passionate about what they are doing.
Q: What would you like to see changed at General Conference?
A. We need to get more youth to the table. They are the future and we need to raise them up.
To read more about Dianne, please find her bio here.