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Pre-General Conference briefing to be held Jan. 19-21

United Methodist Communications
Office of Public Information
www.umcpresscenter.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2011

United Methodist Communications Hosts Pre-General Conference News Briefing

Nashville, Tenn.:United Methodist Communications will host a pre-General Conference news briefing Jan. 19-21, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. in preparation for the2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The event begins at 1 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the Tampa Convention Center and will conclude at noon on Jan. 21.

The three-day event aims to provide information for church and secular journalists, delegates and other interested parties about issues to be considered by the denomination's legislative body when it meets in Tampa April 24-May 4.

"We at United Methodist Communications want to provide an opportunity for interested persons to learn more about the various issues to be considered next year, as well as an open forum to facilitate discussion of these topics," said the Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of the denomination's communications agency.

Topics to be discussed include proposed changes to the church's structure, the global nature of the church, the denomination's budget, the ordained ministry study report and other issues. A tour of the convention center where General Conference will take place is also planned.

The cost of registration is $195 before Sept. 30, $225 through Nov. 30, and $250 thereafter. Discounted rates at the nearby Marriott Waterside Hotel are available for $169. To register online, visit http://gc2012.umc.org/prebriefingregistration. Up to four delegates from each conference may attend.

Questions regarding arrangements can be directed to Linda Saunders atlsaunders@umcom.org or 615-742-5119.

About United Methodist Communications
As the communications agency for The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Communications seeks to increase awareness and visibility of the denomination in communities and nations around the globe. United Methodist Communications also offers services, tools, products and resources for communications ministry.

About General Conference
The General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church, and meets once every four years to determine the denomination's future direction, consider revisions to church law, and approve plans and budgets for churchwide programs. The 2012 meeting will take place April 24-May 4 at the Tampa Convention Center.

Media contact:
Diane Degnan
ddegnan@umcom.org
615-742-5406 (w)
615-483-1765 (c)