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Episcopal Address to Stream on Web and App

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2012

Nashville, Tenn. — When Bishop Peter D. Weaver delivers the Episcopal Address on April 25 at the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla., 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 will also 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 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 explained. "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 comprises 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 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.

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