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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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General Conference 2016: Digital Lounge

United Methodist leaders and newsmakers pull up a chair for a casual conversation about what's going on behind the scenes of General Conference. View

The Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm, a delegate from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, argues for retaining guaranteed appointment for  at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. The issue will be revived at the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Guaranteed appointment debate to resume at GC2016

United Methodist lay leaders plan to renew effort to end job tenure for ordained elders in good standing. Read More

The Rev. Darryl W. Stephens

Commentary: Who really has a say at General Conference?

ʽVoice’ matters more than voting percentages, and most voices are white, male, American Read More

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. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.

GC2016: How General Conference Works

Learn about what General Conference does, who attends, and specific facts about the 2016 conference held in Portland, Oregon. Read More

Delegates consider legislation at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. File photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Fairness of GC2016 delegate allotment questioned

Critics say Europe and the Philippines are overrepresented, but others point to cultural, geographical factors. Read More

General Conference 2016 Schedule

This agenda shows the overall program of the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon. Read More

GC2016: Worship Schedule

Locate General Conference worship service times at a glance. Read More

Portland City Center Plenary Hall Map

This map shows how the plenary floor will be laid out for the 2016 General Conference. Read More

A committee discusses proposed legislation during the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey.

GC2016: Legislative Committee Assignments

Find out which sections of the Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions are assigned to each legislative committee to consider at General Conference. View

GC2016: General Conference Guide

An important resource for delegates, church members and journalists, this guide contains information about the conference schedule, the legislative process and historical background. The guide is available in several translations. Read More

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