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Expecting the Unexpected - Friday, May 20

By Emily Allen   Serving on the Committee on Agenda and Calendar this General Conference has been an interesting experience. The committee first met the day before General Conference to organize and ...

GC2016: How much does the bishops’ plan cost? - Friday, May 20

PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) — General Conference delegates, for now, are leaving questions in the church’s longtime homosexuality debate up to the bishops. But another question remains: How much will the ...

Liberian is new Judicial Council president - Friday, May 20

United Methodists from Norway and Mozambique are among the new members of the denomination’s Judicial Council. Delegates to General Conference 2016 filled open positions for two clergy and three lay ...
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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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