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An African visitor uses his mobile phone to record protestors, their hands bound to protest the denomination's policies on human sexuality, as they demonstrate May 17 on the floor of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

May 17 wrap-up: Schism rumors quashed

Delegates plow into a full day of petitions as the Council of Bishops denied rumors of a pending schism. Read More

Faced with glitches in the electronic voting system, delegates use colored cards to vote on May 16 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore.

May 16 wrap-up: Week Two begins with elections, celebrations, protests

Before hearing legislation, delegates filled vacancies for Judicial Council, University Senate and Commission on General Conference. Read More

The Rev. Ken Nelson serves on the Ministry and Higher Education/Superintendency Committee at General Conference 2016. The panel last week worked on clergy-related petitions dealing with guaranteed appointment and early ordination, among other issues. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Clergy-related petitions pass GC2016

Delegates approve some legislation, but ‘early ordination’ and effort to end guaranteed appointment die in committee. Read More

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward watches as votes are tallied showing the defeat of

May 12 wrap-up: Rule 44 voted down

Three days of speculation ended when delegates elected not to adopt Group Discernment Process. Read More

Women bishops pray over Bishop Hope Morgan Ward during a recess in the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Ward presided over an emotional debate on proposed Rule 44, which would place deliberations over sensitive issues into small discussion groups. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

GC2016 delegates say no to Rule 44

The much-debated process supposed to foster greater consensus around tough issues couldn’t get consensus. Read More

The Revs. Tom Herring and Mike Mahaffey are at General Conference 2016 in Portland, Oregon, representing the National Fellowship of Associate Members and Local Pastors. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Local pastors in background at General Conference

Leaders of growing non-ordained clergy group monitor legislation that could affect them. 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

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

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

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

Oklahoma Area Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. walks past supporters of full inclusion for gays and lesbians in the life of The United Methodist Church who are standing in silent vigil as delegates and visitors leave a session of the denomination's 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla. Hayes had presided over the previous session of the conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

GC2016: The debate about how to debate sexuality

General Conference planners are proposing a new way to consider contentious issues. But their plan is getting significant pushback. Read More

Bishop B. Michael Watson presides over a debate on church restructuring at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. At right is Bishop Janice Riggle Huie. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

GC2016: About the Legislative Process

Any organization, ordained minister or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference. Learn more about the process by which this legislation is reviewed, debated and voted on. Read More

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

GC2016: Advance Edition Daily Christian Advocate

Contains all legislation submitted for consideration by the delegates at the upcoming 2016 General Conference. Read More

General Conference Glossary of Terms

Do acronyms like ADCA and CALMS leave you feeling anything but calm? Do you wonder what terms like consent calendar, minority reports and verbatim mean? Find answers here. Read More

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