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Louise Short, 106, (center) visits with Bishop Benjamin Chamness on May 1 during the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. At right is Jo Ann McClain, administrative assistant for the Council of Bishops. A file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Louise Short, General Conference stalwart, dies at 110

Until this year, the widow of Bishop Roy Short, attended every General Conference going back to 1939 ─ 18 assemblies. Read More

Debating church restructuring at the 2012 General Conference. A 2012 file photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Could reorganizing agencies boost church vitality?

Plan UMC aims to align denominational resources toward fostering vital congregations. Church members debate whether it does. Read More

Council of Bishops President Rosemarie Wenner of Germany tells dozens of demonstrators for full inclusion of gays and lesbians in The United Methodist Church that the denomination's bishops feel their pain. Several dozen demonstrators took over the plenary floor of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla., on May 3 after the body reaffirmed the church's stance on homosexuality.

General Conference 2012

The United Methodist Church's top legislative body, which convenes every four years, gathered in Tampa, Florida from April 24–May 4, 2012. Visit Site

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

Global delegates mean multiple languages

A large team of interpreters helped non-English-speaking delegates maneuver through GC2012. 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

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

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

GC2012: Bishops urge ‘communities of love’

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

Tongan congregations of the California-Nevada Conference worship together at a New Year's celebration. The choir is from First Tongan UMC of Palo Alto (CA).

GC2012: Pacific Islanders welcome new ministry plan

"Our kalia ('canoe') has arrived and been welcomed," said the Rev. Sione Veikoso, hailing the passage of a comprehensive plan for Pacific Islander ministry in the United States. Read More

GC2012: Sailing the ecumenical boat

Whatever the storms of life, fellowship of churches means 'you are not alone in the boat.' Read More

The Rev. We Hyun Chang, a pastor in Belmont, Mass., and a delegate from the New England Annual (regional) Conference, argues to reconsider retaining guaranteed appointments for clergy, during a debate at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. The guarantee of an annual appointment for elders was eliminated by the conference on May 1.

GC2012: Vote ends guaranteed appointments

Item passes quickly on May 1 consent calendar among other measures; effort to reconsider fails. Read More

GC2012: Pan-Methodists celebrate together

United Methodists join 5 African-American denominations in full communion agreement. Read More

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