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United Methodist bishops listen to morning worship from the stage of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.  Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Bishops in no rush to form sexuality panel

Church leaders want the right people for the task of finding a way forward. Meanwhile, bishops still must deal with current church law. Read More

Musicians lead singing on May 12 during morning worship at the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

GC2016 wrap-up: Farewell, Portland. Thanks for the doughnuts.

General Conference 2016 skirted division over human sexuality and focused on a wide range of matters. Read More

Bid to divest from settlements fails

Israel-related amendment on socially responsibility investing fails, but General Conference supports advocacy letter for Palestinian village. Read More

The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society address the 2016 United Methodist General Conference May 16 in Portland, Ore. Crowe helped present the report on the denomination's Four Areas of Focus for ministry. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Legislation promotes expanded health care for Native Americans, other minorities

Legislation adopted by the United Methodist General Conference could support efforts to improve health care for Native Americans. Read More

The Rev. L. Fitzgerald “Gere” Reist II (center) is honored for his years of service as secretary of the United Methodist General Conference during the denominational meeting May 20 in Portland, Ore. Presenting him with a blanket are Cynthia Kent (left) and Raggatha Calentine. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

May 20 wrap-up: Budget passes, with increase

The last day of General Conference 2016 began with passing a budget, ended trying to beat the clock. Read More

LGBTQ people gather for final demonstration

Circling the plenary floor, clergy, advocates and allies of queer people offer support to each other as global gathering ends. Read More

Marie Kuch-Stanovsky presents the report recommending divestment from fossil fuel companies. Photo by Maile Bradfield, United Methodist News Service.

GC2016 rejects divestment on fossil fuels

Delegates favor having pension board engage with companies on climate change. Read More

Bishop Sally Dyck, Chicago Episcopal Area, presides over the May 20 plenary session of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Behind her are Bishops Gregory Palmer and Janice Riggle Huie. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

GC2016 passes $604 million general church budget

Delegates voted to increase budget to boost support of United Methodist theological education in Africa, Asia and Europe. Read More

Court rules on question of authority

General Conference 2016 had requested a review of constitutional paragraphs and past Judicial Council decisions for potential conflict. Read More

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky preaches during worship May 20 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service.

Stanovsky: ‘We will not leave divided’

Mountain Sky Area bishop calls on General Conference delegates to “get out of that tomb.” Read More