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Sending Petitions to the Petitions Secretary 

  • Petitions may be sent to the Petitions Secretary beginning April 1, 2015. Petitions without digital media must still be typed, double-spaced, and be submitted by July 1, 2015 to allow time for transcription. Handwritten or hand printed submissions will not be accepted. “Petitions must... Read More

  • Darryl Barrows, Connectional Table member, receives communion from the Rev. Enrique Hernandez from the Tennessee Conference. The Connectional Table is meeting November 15-17 in Franklin, Tenn. A UMNS photo by Ginny Underwood.

    Administration

    The Connectional Table and the general agencies are created by the General Conference to administer or carry out the programs and directives it adopts. Read More

    Church members pray over the Rev. Adam Hamilton. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

    Support, pushback for `local option’ on homosexuality

    Proposal by the Rev. Adam Hamilton and others criticized as eroding connectionalism and merely shifting conflict. Read More

    Church members pray over the Rev. Adam Hamilton. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

    Hamilton: Church homosexuality law needs ‘local option’

    A well-known United Methodist pastor and author looks for way to hold the denomination together amid tensions. Read More

    Wordle by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

    Poll: Making disciples tops sexuality as church priority

    A survey of United Methodists found sexual orientation and same-gender marriage ranked eighth in importance among issues facing the church. Read More

    A group of pastors says it's time to consider breaking up The United Methodist Church, due to divisions over homosexuality and other issues.

    Amicable breakup of UMC needed, pastor group says

    UMC should own up to divisions over homosexuality and other issues, pastors’ group says. Read More

    General Conference 2016: News and Press Releases

    Find the latest news relating to General Conference 2016 to be held in Portland, Oregon. Read More

    Retired Bishop Daniel C. Arichea Jr. describes his personal journey during an online dialogue on human sexuality, held April 29 by the United Methodist Connectional Table. Bishop Hope Morgan Ward listens.

    United Methodist body considers change to sexuality stance

    The Connectional Table hosted the first of a series of online dialogues to gather input on human sexuality issue. Read More

    Chuck Knows Church uses a phone to talk about annual conferences and the structure of The Church.

    Chuck Knows Church: Annual Conferences

    What is a church annual conference and who are the members? What about a General conference? Chuck Knows Church decodes the United Methodist Church structure. Read More

    Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

    United Methodists prepare for annual conferences

    Legislative meetings for regional conferences in 2014 also include worship, ordination and even bike rides. Read More

    Bishop Sharon Brown Christopher delivers the Episcopal Address during the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

    General Conference 2008: Multimedia Resources

    Experience the sights and sounds from general conference through video, audio and live streaming Read More

    General Conference 2008: About the Newsroom

    Find general information about newsroom hours, credentialing and available resources. Read More

    GC2008: Resources for Journalists and Communicators

    Find resources specifically for journalists and communicators covering General Conference. Read More

    Tauyna  Malone prays in the prayer room at the David L. Lawrence Convention  Center in Pittsburgh during the United Methodist Church's 2004 General Conference.

    General Conference 2008: Call to Prayer

    The General Conference Hosting Committee Prayer Ministries Team invite you to pray daily for General Conference 2008 with hopes that “Christ may dwell in [our] hearts through faith." Read More

    United Methodists gather for opening worship at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference, Fort Worth, Texas.

    General Conference 2008: Learn about GC

    Find articles to help you learn about how General Conference works. Read More

    General Conference 2008: Worship Schedule

    View the worship schedule for General Conference 2008. Read More

    General Conference 2008: About General Conference

    Information in this section will provide a guide for understanding and navigating General Conference. Read More

    A Social Creed you can sing? Revision aims for broad usage

    A "user friendly" Social Creed will make its way to the 2008 General Conference, and if the writers have their way, it will be set to rap, African, country and many other musical beats. Read More

    Papers are plentiful in legislative committee sessions at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference on April 25. The quadrennial gathering is being held in Fort Worth, Texas.

    General Conference 2008: Issues

    View summaries of some of the major issues delegates will deal with at the 2008 General Conference. Read More

    Members of the New York Annual (regional) Conference pray together before the beginning of the April 27 session of the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

    General Conference 2008: About the Delegates

    Learn about delegates attending General Conference — how many there are, where they are from, and where each delegation will be seated. Read More

    Bishop Marisa de Freitas Ferreira (right) of the Methodist Church of Brazil prays for Bishop Adonias Pereira do Lago, also of Brazil, during evening worship at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla

    General Conference 2012: News

    View news coverage from General Conference 2012, held in Tampa, Fla. from April 24 through May 4, 2012. Read More

    General Conference 2012: News Archives

    View an archive listing of all General Conference news coverage. Read More

    General Conference 2012: Multimedia

    Experience the sights and sounds of General Conference. Read More

    General Conference 2012: Live Streaming Archives

    View archives of all General Conference events that were streamed. Read More

    Bishop Peter Weaver of the Boston Area delivers the Episcopal Address to an April 25 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. Weaver developed and presented the address on behalf of the United Methodist Council of Bishops.

    GC2012: Sermon and Address Transcripts

    Read transcripts of the sermons and addresses from General Conference 2012. Read More

    Betty Spiwe Katiyo of Zimbabwe delivers part of the Laity Address to an April 25 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla.

    GC2012: Worship, Addresses and Special Events

    View information about the Episcopal, Laity and Young People's addresses as well as other special events. Read More

    The opening worship of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference held in Tampa, Fla. brings together worshipers from around the globe.

    GC2012: Worship and Special Events Schedule

    A schedule of worship and other special events. Read More

    Delegados trabajan para adoptar reglas parlamentarias durante la sesión organizacional del 23 de abril, 2008, de la Conferencia General de la Iglesia Metodista Unida en Fort Worth, Texas.

    GC2008: How General Conference Works

    The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body, the General Conference, will gather April 23-May 2 in Fort Worth, Texas. Read More

    The Tampa Convention Center in Florida hosts the United Methodist Church's pre-General Conference news briefing in preparation for the denomination's top legislative body when it meets in the facility April 24-May 4.

    General Conference 2012: Guide

    Find what you need to know about navigating General Conference — whether you are in Tampa or following from home. Read More

    General Conference 2012: Daily Christian Advocate

    The Daily Christian Advocate (DCA) serves as the record of those who have been elected to serve as delegate, the legislation submitted, and the decisions made by the General Conference. Read More

    General Conference 2012: Major Legislative Issues

    This section provides a summary of the major issues to be addressed by the General Conference. Read More

    GC2012: Advance Edition Daily Christian Advocate

    All legislation submitted for consideration by the delegates is published and distributed before the beginning of General Conference. Read More

    General Conference 2012: Legislation Tracking

    Nine hundred and eighty-eight delegates from around the world set policy and direction for the church, as well as handled other business. Read More

    Delegates study legislation at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla.

    General Conference 2012: Legislation

    Nine hundred and eighty-eight delegates from around the world set policy and direction for the church, as well as handled other business. Read More

    Violetka Zheceva and Samuel Altunian of Bulgaria examine the Daily Christian Advocate during the April 23 organizational session of the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

    General Conference 2008: The Legislative Process

    Everything you need to know about General Conference legislation — from how it is submitted to how it is processed by delegates. Read More

    Delegates to the United Methodist Church's 2004 General Conference consider legislation from  their seats in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.

    General Conference 2008: Business

    Resources for those participating, covering or visiting GC2008. Read More

    The Rev. Gayle Felton discusses a study on Holy Communion during the Pre-General Conference News Briefing Jan. 31, 2004, in Pittsburgh. Felton was a consultant to the United Methodist Church’s Board of Discipleship. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

    Tribute: Remembering Gayle C. Felton

    Through her writings and teaching, Gayle C. Felton played a key role in articulating the United Methodist understanding of the sacraments. Read More

    General Conference 2016

    The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body will meet at the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, on May 10-20, 2016. Read More

    General Conference 2016: Housing for General Conference

    The Commission on General Conference has selected Connections Housing as the official accommodations partner for the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. and the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. Read More

    2013: Year of United Methodist growth

    Getting a handle on the organizational health of a large, worldwide denomination is not easy. But key developments in 2013 indicate vigorous responses to the challenges facing The United Methodist Church. Read More

    General Conference 2008: Live Streaming Archives

    Watch video and audio coverage of General Conference events. Morning choral music, worship and business plenary sessions have been archived. View

    General Conferene 2008: Audio Archives

    Listen to audio stories and clips from the daily events at General Conference 2008. View

    General Conference 2008: Video Archives

    View video stories and clips from the daily events at General Conference 2008. View

    delegates, General Conference

    The voting members of the General Conference. The total number of delegates to a General Conference must consist of an equal number of clergy and lay delegates. Lay delegates are elected by ballot by the lay members of their respective Annual Conferences. Clergy delegates are elected by ballot by the... Read More

    delegate

    A pastor or layperson elected by an annual conference as its representative to General Conference, Jurisdictional Conference or Central Conference.Source: Sharing God's Gifts Glossary of United Methodist Terms Read More

    Book of Resolutions, The

    The volume containing the text of all resolutions or pronouncements on issues approved by the General Conference and currently valid. The Book of Resolutions contains not only the resolutions and policy statements passed by the most recent General Conference, but also all such statements still considered to represent the position... Read More

    Minneapolis Chosen as General Conference 2020 Site

    The United Methodist Church's top legislative body will meet at the eco-focused Minneapolis Convention Center. Read More

    Delegate Counts Per Annual Conference Released

    The secretary of the General Conference, Rev. L. Fitzgerald Reist, released today a list of numbers of delegates by annual conferences. Read More

    GC2016 Worship/Music Director Named

    The Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett of Eagle Creek, Ore. has been named worship and music director for the 2016 United Methodist General Conference by the Commission on the General Conference. Read More

    Gloria Holt, then lay leader of the North Alabama Annual (regional) Conference, delivers the laity address at the 2004 United Methodist General Conference in Pittsburgh. Holt, who served as former president of the United Methodist Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders, died Aug. 28, 2013. A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose.

    Gloria Holt, prominent lay leader, dies

    She served at every level of the denomination, but her greatest passion was disciple-making at the local church. Read More

    Worship & Music Director Sought for 2016 General Conference

    The Commission on the General Conference is seeking a worship and music director for The United Methodist Church's 2016 General Conference. The deadline for applying is August 19, 2013. Read More

    General Conference

    Who makes decisions for The United Methodist Church if there is no one person in charge? Good question. The only body that can set official policy and speak for the denomination is the General Conference.

    The General Conference is an international body of nearly 1,000 delegates that meets every... Read More

    Effort to make Social Principles more global

    2012 General Conference adopts petition to revise to make them "more succinct, theologically founded and globally relevant." Read More

    United Methodists plan Sand Creek project

    As massacre's 150th anniversary approaches, denomination wants to set record straight on Methodist involvement and work on healing. Read More

    2012: Judicial rulings play big role

    The actions of the denomination's top court were felt and debated throughout the connection. Read More

    Bishops of the United Methodist Church in Angola lay hands on a new pastor during a 2006 ordination service at the West Angola Annual Conference session at the Icolo e Bengo United Methodist Church in Luanda. The United Methodist Church in Angola played a

    Court to weigh end of clergy job guarantees

    Proponents say changes will help bishops make "missional appointments." Critics worry of potential for abuse. Read More

    Final report: Church path ‘unsustainable’

    The Interim Operations Team, in its final report, calls for bigger changes than what came out of the 2012 General Conference. Read More

    Acts of Repentance guide stresses healing

    United Methodists journey from learning to apologies to developing relationships with indigenous people. Read More

    New business manager for General Conference

    The Rev. Alan Morrison takes new role as support services director. Sara Hotchkiss to plan denomination's top lawmaking meeting. Read More

    Is this your mother’s UMW?

    United Methodist Women expects opportunities to expand as organization charts a separate path. Read More

    GC2012: How Book of Discipline comes to be

    Editor Marvin Cropsey explains the process to prepare the revisions of Discipline and Resolutions. Read More

    New wrinkle in appointment security

    The United Methodist connection has been abuzz about a letter calling into question whether General Conference really ended clergy job guarantees. Read More

    Bridging the poverty gap

    Taking on the role of someone in poverty gives participants in the Circles Initiative a different perspective on how to help. Read More

    12 lessons from 12 General Conferences

    Rich Peck has seen a lot of history and worn a lot of hats in five decades attending General Conference. Read More

    Young adults + social media = future UMC

    More than 150 participate in May 14 tweetup to chat about GC2012 and where the church goes from here. Read More

    5 Congo siblings capture hearts

    Kamana children, ages 9 to 21, brought "O Happy Day" spirit to Florida churches and General Conference worship service. Read More

    GC2012: 40 more sent to mission service

    Worldwide church gathers at General Conference as church sends new people to witness for God throughout the world. Read More

    Wenner’s ‘stepping stones’ to bishop

    German episcopal leader and new council president always felt welcome in the UMC. Read More

    Bishop Janice Huie presides over a May 2 debate on denominational restructure at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference.

    Week 2: GC2012 flurry of motions, ministry

    Frustrated by not voting on major restructure legislation, some felt as if GC2012 accomplished nothing. That's not the case. Read More

    UMTV: Produce Drop Pounds Hunger

    40,000 pounds of cucumbers help feed hungry. "There is only one reason there are hungry people in the United States &ellipsis; because we tolerate it." View

    Painting of a tiger by Lost Boy artist James Makuac.

    UMTV: The Art of a Lost Boy

    James Makuac is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. He knows all too well the hardships faced by his fellow refugees, and paints to tell their story. View

    UMTV: Booths Educate and Engage

    Creative displays allowed delegates and visitors of GC2012 to learn about exciting ministries The United Methodist Church offers. View

    UMTV: Prayer Room Offers Sacred Space

    Volunteers offered special prayers for the delegates and attendees of GC2012. "As United Methodists, we are people of prayer." View

    Bishop Marisa de Freitas Ferreira (right) of the Methodist Church of Brazil prays for Bishop Adonias Pereira do Lago, also of Brazil, during evening worship at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla

    Week 1: GC2012’s ‘slow’ week still busy

    Delegates to The United Methodist General Conference considered 1,200 petitions as they prayed, praised and protested. Read More

    GC2012 Celebration Sunday: The Advance

    Meet some of the people who represent The United Methodist Church at work in the world - and those who make their missions possible. View

    GC2012: Ziemer on Malaria

    Rear Adm. Tim Ziemer, the U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, acknowledges that The United Methodist Church has been an important partner in the fight against malaria. View

    Delegates and visitors fill the plenary hall in the May 1 afternoon celebration of Pan-Methodist Full Communion at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla.  On the screen are Bishop Sharon Rader and Bishop John White.

    GC2012: General Conference wrap-up

    United Methodists contend with structural and social issues at legislative assembly in Tampa. Read More

    GC2012: Conference lowers apportionments

    General Conference lowers general church apportionments by 6.03 percent, but local churches are unlikely to see differences. Read More

    GC2012: Bishop encourages delegates

    As a sometimes difficult General Conference draws to a close, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner offers a message of hope. Read More

    GC2012: Judicial Council voids Plan UMC

    Compromise restructure plan unanimously deemed unconstitutional; two other referrals deferred until fall. Read More

    GC2012: Delegate serves 11th term

    Ruth Daugherty of Eastern Pennsylvania has witnessed some of the historic and defining moments of General Conferences. Read More

    GC2012: Bishops urge ‘communities of love’

    Kiesey and Matthews emphasize practice of 'blessing each other, rather than cursing each other.' Read More

    No ‘Plan UMC’, GC2012 shrinks agencies

    After reorganization plan is ruled unconstitutional, delegates work to salvage parts of the structural changes. Read More

    Bishops Judith Craig (left), Scott Jones (behind Craig) and Rosemarie Wenner (center) negotiate with the Rev. Amy DeLong, after dozens of demonstrators demanding a more inclusive church took over the floor of a May 3 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. The three bishops talked with DeLong in an attempt to resolve the situation without resorting to arrests.

    Bishops close, reopen General Conference session

    After presiding bishop threatened to close GC2012 plenary sessions to visitors, cooler heads prevailed. Read More

    May 4 wrap: No restructure in 2012

    A day filled with drama over an unexpected ruling on the church's structure plan ended anticlimactically when delegates adjourned without coming to a decision. Read More

    Acte de repentance pour les peuples autochtones

    Le vendredi 27 avril, toute l'Eglise Méthodiste Unie réunie à la session quadriennale de la Conférence Générale à Tampa (Floride) a revécu des moments douloureux de son histoire au cours du culte de l'acte de repentance en vue de... Read More

    Conférence Générale 2012: Audio

    Ecoutez les reportages de la Conférence Générale sur « La voix de l'Espérance », la Radio de l'Eglise Méthodiste Unie Côte d'Ivoire. Read More

    Eva Gunnings est commandé comme une diaconesse Méthodiste Unie par l'évêque Bruce Ough, accompagné d'Harriett Olson (à droite), le chef de la Division des femmes, et Inelda Gonzalez, le président de femmes méthodistes Unies. Le 29 Avril la mise en service a eu lieu à Tampa, en Floride, où l'horizon 2012 Méthodiste Unie de la Conférence générale se tiendra.

    Les délégués approuvent l’autonomie de l’organisation des femmes

    Le 1er mai 2012, la Conférence Générale a fait de l'Organisation des Femmes Méthodistes Unies une organisation autonome au sein de l'Eglise Méthodiste Unie par un vote de 889 contre 20, Read More

    Les ‘Kamana’ gagnent les curs des delegues de la Conference Generale 2012

    Les enfants ‘ Kamana ’ ont fait dansé les délégués de la Conférence Générale 2012 au rythme de la mélodie « O Happy Day .... when Jesus washed my feet away ». Read More