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Church ends membership in reproductive health coalition - Friday, May 20

PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) — The 2016 General Conference voted to withdraw United Methodist membership from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. The church was a founding member of the ...

Day of service at General Conference - Friday, May 20

As thousands of United Methodists inside the Portland Convention Center were in General Conference sessions, some took a chance to travel to another area of the city and be in service. Watch the ...

Delegates react to holding human sexuality petitions - Friday, May 20

PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) — The decision to accept the report from the Council of Bishops to refer all legislation on human sexuality to a yet-to-be named commission was met with joy and trepidation. ...
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History and highlights of General Conferences

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMC.org) — General Conferences are part of the culture of United Methodists. Joe Iovino writes about the church practice that has shaped the denomination in the past and will lead it into the future.

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How General Conference Works

General Conference, the top legislative body of The United Methodist Church, meets May 10-20, 2016, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The center is billed as the largest convention facility in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Some 864 delegates, elected from around the world, will gather to set policy and direction for the church, as well as handle other important business. Meeting every four years, General Conference is the only entity that speaks for the denomination. The United Methodist Book of Discipline, updated every four years, incorporates changes made by General Conference. (Read more)

General Conference Guide

An important resource for delegates, church members and journalists, the General Conference Guide contains such helpful information as the conference schedule, the legislative process and historical background. (Download Guide)

Schedule for General Conference 2016

This agenda shows the overall program of the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon. (View Schedule)

General Conference: Livestream and photos

PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) — Not traveling to Portland for General Conference? Watch events live beginning Tuesday at umc.org/live. Photos are available for use with proper credit. United Methodist News Service will provide up-to-the-minute coverage that you can follow through the free Daily Digest.

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Every United Methodist can be part of General Conference 2016

Not every United Methodist will be a delegate to General Conference, but that does not mean that you cannot participate in all that is happening May 10-20, 2016, in Portland, Oregon. General Conference is the global gathering of The United Methodist Church, and there are plenty of ways for you to be involved. (Read More)

What will General Conference mean to my United Methodist church?

As a United Methodist, you are probably aware that General Conference, the once-every-four-years official meeting of the church is happening in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20, 2016. What may be far less clear, however, is what happens there and what it means to your local congregation. (Read more)

Attending General Conference 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) — Here is everything you need to know about attending General Conference 2016 — from the fact that the convention center will be a gun-free zone despite Oregon’s open carry law to how to get wireless, translations and public transportation information.

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