Nashville, TENN.—When Bishop Peter D. Weaver delivers the Episcopal Address on April 25 at the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Florida, it will mark the 200th anniversary of the first Episcopal Address.
While Weaver's address, titled "The Resurrection Revolution: The Resurrection Christ with Resurrection People for a Resurrection World," is steeped in historical tradition, it will mark the first address to be live streamed on the General Conference mobile app for United Methodists around the globe to experience. It also will be live streamed on gc2012.umc.org.
Weaver, from the Boston Episcopal Area, said his address was inspired by the spiritual context of General Conference meeting right after Easter. He explained, "Easter is the center of our faith, which speaks about death turning into life."
The 30-minute address will take a theological look at the identity and mission of United Methodists and will set the tone for the delegates' collaborative work and decision-making.
"My aim is to try to remind us all that Christ is alive and goes before us," Weaver continued. "We are a Resurrection people facing challenging times, and it's important to trust the risen Christ to lead us into holy conferencing so that we might have more vital congregations making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."
Weaver was elected by the Council of Bishops to prepare and deliver the address on behalf of the entire council, and received input from other bishops regarding its content. From 2004 until 2006, he was president of the council, which is comprised of 69 active bishops and 82 retired bishops from the U.S., Africa, Europe, and Asia. The bishops provide spiritual leadership for the 11.5 million-member denomination.
About General Conference
The General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church, and meets once every four years to consider revisions to Church law, as well as to 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 2012 meeting will take place April 24-May 4 at the Tampa Convention Center.
Visitors to the 2012 General Conference now may pre-register on line.
Registration is $10 per person and may be paid on line by credit card, or in person at General Conference with cash.
Visitor registration is not required to attend General Conference sessions. However, registered visitors will receive a name badge and program book by showing their confirmation email at the visitor registration booth on the second floor of the Tampa Convention Center.
NOTE: You'll find a direct link to gc2012.umc.org on the California-Nevada Annual Conference website. "2012 General Conference" is the first item under "Quick Links" on the right side of the Home Page.