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All petitions submitted to General Conference are discussed in legislative committees. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist Communications.

From ‘to’ to ‘with’: General Conference’s smaller legislation

Not all petitions up for debate at General Conference make headlines. Many simpler petitions also impact United Methodist church life. Read More

Banyam Theological Seminary in rural Nigeria has regular electricity in some of its buildings, thanks to a solar project supported by a grant from the Central Conference Theological Education Fund. Photo by Chris Congdon for the Iowa-Nigeria Partnership of the Iowa Conference.

GC2016: Fund boosts clergy education across globe

Delegates asked to renew $5 million for Central Conference Theological Education Fund Read More

Delegates consider legislation at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

GC2016: Divestment debate continues

United Methodists will again consider legislative proposals to use divestment to back concerns on Israel-Palestine conflict. Read More

General Conference 2016: News

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General Conference 2016: News Archives

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

Attending General Conference 2016: What you need to know

The Commission on the General Conference wants delegates, staff and guests to be aware of what’s new and what to expect at 2016 General Conference. Read More

Historic record contains the minutes of an early conference of Methodist preachers. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Why United Methodist General Conference? History and highlights

General Conferences are part of our culture as United Methodists. They have shaped us in the past and will lead us into the future. Read More

Phil Roughton, a delegate from the Florida Annual (regional) Conference, gets his credentials to the 2008 United Methodist General Conference from Nancy Sherman, a local volunteer. The assembly, held once every four years, is meeting April 23-May 2 in Fort Worth, Texas. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey. Photo #GC0048. April 23, 2008.; A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey

GC2016: Visitor Registration

Registration is $10, which includes a badge and program book. Online registration ends May 5, 2016, but onsite registration will also be available. Read More

Typhoon Haiyan, a natural disaster made worse by climate change, laid waste to vast areas near Tanauan, Philippines in 2013. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

GC2016: The impact of climate change

United Methodist concern for the environment, as reflected in legislative petitions, expands beyond individual acts to public policy change. Read More

The current hymnal of the United Methodist Church dates to 1989. Plans call for a new version that will be Internet cloud-based and printed on demand, and able to be customized to meet the needs of individual congregations. UMNS photo Mike DuBose

GC2016: Turning the page on The United Methodist Hymnal

Delegates asked to support a new hymnal that will be Internet cloud-based, print on demand and offer more worship resources Read More

There are a variety of ways to stay connected to General Conference. Some involve technology, but that is not the only way. Photo by Greg Nelson, Oregon-Idaho Conference.

Every United Methodist can be part of General Conference 2016

Don’t sit out General Conference just because you are not a delegate. There are several ways to get (and stay) connected to all that will happen. Read More

The Rev. Bradley Barton exits Macedonia United Methodist Church near Parsons, W.Va. Barton, who is a correctional officer at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in Belington, often leaves his job at the jail just in time for worship and preaches while still in his jail uniform. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

What will General Conference mean to my United Methodist church?

The work, worship, celebrations, and remembrances of General Conference help local congregations fulfill their call to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Read More

Delegate Tammy Estep from Virginia bows her head in prayer prior to the start of the Monday April 30 plenary at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

General Conference 2016: Major Legislative Issues

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

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