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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.

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

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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, Pacific Northwest Conference, presents the minority report from the Financial Administration legislative committee recommending divestment from fossil fuel companies. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

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

The Cherokee Choir from the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference sings during morning worship at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

May 19 wrap-up: New missionaries, special GC costs

On the penultimate day of General Conference 2016, delegates picked up the pace. Read More

Bishop John Yambasu gives the sermon during morning worship May 19 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Go … with passion and compassion, says Bishop Yambasu

Sierra Leone bishop urges prayer and honest engagement with sisters and brothers. Read More

Church ‘growth committee’ fails constitution test

General Conference responsibilities cannot be delegated, the United Methodist Judicial Council rules. Read More

The Rev. Beth Ann Cook, Indiana Conference, introduces a petition from the Church and Society legislative committee regarding The United Methodist Church's association with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. The vote took place May 19 at the denomination's 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

Church ends membership in reproductive health coalition

The United Methodist Church was one of the founders of Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area, presides over the May 19 afternoon session of the 2016 United Methodist General Church in Portland, Ore. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

GC2016: How much does the bishops’ plan cost?

Finance agency executive says church has the funds to cover the recommended commission and possible special General Conference. Read More

Top court rules on Congo inquiry

Once a central conference meets for first time, the college of bishops cannot change its regular meeting dates or places. Read More

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung commissions Leo Garcia as a missionary May 19 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. In the background are Catherine Whitlatch and Thomas Kemper from the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

29 new missionaries commissioned at General Conference

For the first time, a new missionary class was commissioned at church’s top legislative gathering. Read More

Theon Johnson III (at right) and others in support of LGBTQ clergy line the entryway to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference May 18 in Portland, Ore.  The demonstration was carried out in silence as attendees walked past to enter the Oregon Convention Center. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Delegates react to plan to defer human sexuality petitions

The decision to accept the report from the Council of Bishops to defer all votes on human sexuality was met with joy and trepidation. Read More

Cynthia Kent, chairperson of the Native American International Caucus, speaks on a petition that asks The United Methodist Church raise awareness of the harm caused by some sports teams by mascots and/or symbols promoting expressions of racism and disrespect of Native American people. She spoke during the May 19 plenary session of the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

GC2016: Oppose mascots that demean Native Americans

But resolution does not call on United Methodist agencies to move meetings as protest. Read More

Members of the United Methodist Judicial Council for 2016-2020 met briefly during General Conference 2016. From left are the Rev. Dennis L. Blackwell, Beth Capen, the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., Ruben Reyes, the Rev. Øyvind Helliesen, and the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran of Lakewood, Calif. Not pictured are Deanell Reese Tacha and Lídia Romão Gulele. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Liberian is new Judicial Council president

Top court for 2016-20 will take office at the conclusion of General Conference 2016. Read More