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United Methodist Communications to host 2016 Pre-General Conference Briefing, Jan. 20-22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2015

NASHVILLE: United Methodist Communications will be hosting a time of preparation for the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church at the Pre-General Conference Briefing on January 20-22 in Portland, Oregon.

The briefing will inform delegates, church and secular journalists, and other interested parties about topics that will be considered by the denomination’s legislative body when it meets May 10-20 in Portland.

At the briefing, attendees will learn how General Conference will operate and how it will be different from previous conferences, as well as discuss major legislation, Christian conferencing and key activities. This opportunity is especially helpful for first-time delegates as they prepare for their new role.

Dan Krause, chief executive of United Methodist Communications, said, “This event aims to prepare delegates for their important role at General Conference, as well as inform all of us about what we can expect in May. We at United Methodist Communications hope that all delegates will be a part of this time of learning and discussion.”

The briefing is also an opportunity for attendees to get to know each other and to become familiar with the 2016 General Conference host city and venue.

The event will begin with a welcome reception on Wednesday, January 20, at 5 p.m., followed by the briefing on January 21 and 22 at the Oregon Convention Center.

An early bird registration rate of $199 will be offered through November 30; after that date, the cost will be $229. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and lodging costs.

Further details, the agenda, and hotel and registration information are available online.

For information about being an exhibitor during the briefing, please contact Bridget Sloane.

In addition to the event in Portland, there will be Pre-General Conference International News Briefings in the following countries:
   Manila Philippines: Feb. 5-7, 2016
   Either Africa University near Mutare or Harare, Zimbabwe: Feb 12-15, 2016  
   Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo: Feb. 19-22, 2016
   Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire: Feb. 26-29, 2016
   Samara, Russia: March 6-9, 2016

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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 church-wide programs. The 2016 meeting will take place May 10-20 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

Media contact:
Laura Buchanan
lbuchanan@umcom.org
615-742-5413