ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Council of Bishops meeting, which concluded May 6, was the first such gathering to be paperless. Bishops viewed reports and proposals either on their own electronic tablets or laptops or on one of 74 Nooks purchased for this and future bishop meetings.
The estimated cost savings is $4,000 per meeting. "In the corporate exercise of our leadership, we have attempted to take advantage of the technology of this time," Charlotte (N.C.) Area Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster said in the presidential address. "We are taking steps at this meeting to reduce our own carbon footprint by attempting to move toward a paperless environment."