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General Conference 2016: Multimedia

Experience the sights and sounds of General Conference. Read More

General Conference 2016: 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

Bishop Warner Brown addresses the Council of Bishops inside Collins Hall at First United Methodist Church in Portland, Ore.

Bishops’ president: Believe church can change

Ahead of GC2016, Bishop Brown shared his own experiences with the church’s desegregation to explain his faith in the church’s power to transform. Read More

Julu Swen in Monrovia, Liberia, receives a text message on Ebola, written by Liberia Area Bishop John G. Innis. United Methodist Communications transmitted information.

New program will text GC2016 news to Africa

Texting updates from legislative meetings will bridge the gap between those with and without Internet access. 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

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 in many languages

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GC2016: 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. #UMCGC

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

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