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2011 Annual Conference Reports

2011 Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference

June 14, 2011

The 2011 AlabamaWest Florida Annual Conference met with the theme "Living the Mission." Bishop Paul L. Leeland, presiding over his third annual conference session since becoming the resident bishop, welcomed clergy... Read More

2011 Alaska Missionary Conference

June 20, 2011

The Alaska United Methodist Conference, one of our denomination's missionary conferences, convened in beautiful Homer, Alaska, nestled on the shore of Katchemak Bay off Cook Inlet. Read More

2011 Arkansas Annual Conference

June 16, 2011

During its ninth session, the Arkansas Annual Conference ordained new clergy, elected General and jurisdictional conference delegates, and adopted proposals from the Imagine Ministry team. Read More

2011 Arkansas Annual Conference Special Session (10/29)

November 8, 2011

The Oct. 29 Called Session of the Arkansas Annual (regional) Conference resulted in an approved budget for 2012. Read More

2011 Austria Provisional Annual Conference

June 16, 2011

Theme: "With heart, mouth and hands believing, communicating and acting together." Read More

2011 Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference

June 24, 2011

"Connect as One through Radical Hospitality" was the theme of the 227th session of the Baltimore-Washington conference, which met May 26-28 in Baltimore. Read More

2011 California-Nevada Annual Conference

June 24, 2011

The 163rd session of the California-Nevada Annual Conference climaxed a season of preparation grounded in a study, Catch Fire in 50 Days, written by members of the Conference's Vital Congregations Task... Read More

2011 California-Pacific Annual Conference

June 22, 2011

The California-Pacific annual conference met June 16-19, on the campus of the University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif., under the leadership of Bishop Mary Ann Swenson. Read More

2011 Central Texas Annual Conference

June 16, 2011

From the first moments of the opening worship service at First United Methodist Church, Waco, Texas, to the final "amen" of the sending forth three days later, the 145th meeting... Read More

2011 Czech Republic/Slovakia Annual Conference

June 16, 2011

Two new initiatives of The United Methodist Church relate directly to the capital of the Czech Republic. Read More

2011 Dakotas Annual Conference

June 24, 2011

Over 500 members of the Dakotas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church gathered in Watertown, S.D. June 8-11, 2011, to follow 2 Timothy 1:6 "&ellipsis;rekindle the gift of God that is... Read More

2011 Desert Southwest Annual Conference

June 30, 2011

The 27th twenty-seventh session of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference opened on Thursday, June 23, with a service of Remembrance and Resurrection. Read More

2011 Detroit Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

"When Did We See You, Lord?" was the theme of the 2011 session of the Detroit Annual Conference. Read More

2011 East Ohio Annual Conference

June 28, 2011

Bishop John L. Hopkins welcomed East Ohio back to Hoover Auditorium as he opened the 42nd session of Annual Conference. Read More

2011 Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference

July 5, 2011

Nearly 1,000 members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference met May 19-21, 2011, at the Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, Penn., with the theme "Journeying with the Poor." Read More

2011 Eurasia Episcopal Area

July 20, 2011

The Eurasia Episcopal Area has one annual conference and four provisional annual conferences. They met during May, June and July, all under the theme, "See, now is the acceptable time." (2... Read More

2011 Florida Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

More than 1,600 members of the Florida Annual Conference gathered for a trial run for the 2012 United Methodist General Conference, which will convene in the same venue. Read More

2011 Greater New Jersey Annual Conference

June 27, 2011

The Greater New Jersey Annual Conference concluded its four-day agenda waiting for the results of the final ballot to be counted in general and jurisdictional delegate elections.
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2011 Holston Annual Conference

June 29, 2011

The Holston Annual Conference acted on its "Christ for the World" theme, raising $100,192 to build a South Sudan orphanage for 50 children and to establish two scholarships at Africa University. Read More

2011 Hungary Provisional Annual Conference

June 16, 2011

At this year's annual conference in Hungary, the younger generation participated more than ever before. Among both clergy and lay people, a considerable number of younger men and women were... Read More

2011 Illinois Great River Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

Theologians in residence for the conference were Paul Chilcote, professor of historical theology and Wesleyan studies and director of the Center for Applied Wesleyan Studies at Ashland (Ohio) Theological Seminary,... Read More

2011 Indiana Annual Conference

June 22, 2011

"Practice Faith" was the theme of the second Indiana Annual Conference session held June 10-13 on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Read More

2011 Iowa Annual Conference

June 20, 2011

Gathering under the banner of "Radical Hospitality of Justice," the 168th session of the Iowa Annual Conference convened from June 4-7, 2011. Read More

2011 Kansas East Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

Under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones, the conference theme was "The Church United: Creating Community &ellipsis; Cultivating Connections." Read More

2011 Kansas West Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

Led by Bishop Scott J. Jones, delegates focused on the theme "Risk-Taking Mission: Worth It!" and focused on risk-taking mission at local, regional and international levels. Read More

2011 Kentucky Annual Conference

June 30, 2011

More than 1,200 United Methodists felt God's presence during the 2011 Kentucky Annual Conference session, held June 8-11 in Covington, Ky. Read More

2011 Louisiana Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

More than 1,000 United Methodists from around the state gathered for the 2011 annual conference. Read More

2011 Memphis Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

"Risk-taking Mission and Service" was the theme as delegates and attendees representing 427 churches in west Tennessee and western Kentucky gathered for worship, preaching, music, business, annual reporting, elections and awards. Read More

2011 Minnesota Annual Conference

June 16, 2011

Bishop Sally Dyck gave the nearly 800 members of 2011 Minnesota Annual Conference a simple challenge: to interview someone, preferably a young adult, who is not a church participant. Read More

2011 Mississippi Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

Nearly 2,500 members and visitors gathered at the Jackson Convention Complex to hear witness and celebrate evangelism and mission throughout the conference, surrounded by the signs of ways their churches were... Read More

2011 Missouri Annual Conference

June 27, 2011

The Missouri Annual Conference session met in Springfield June 3-6, just 70 miles from Joplin, where less than two weeks before an F5 tornado ripped through the town, killing 156 people. Read More

2011 Mozambique South Annual (regional) Conference

December 21, 2011

The Mozambique South Annual (regional) Conference of the United Methodist Church met in one more session, at Cambine Mission on Dec. 6-11. Read More

2011 Nebraska Annual Conference

July 14, 2011

Joined in Community by the Spirit was the thematic underpinning for the Nebraska United Methodist Annual Conference Session. Lincoln St. Mark’s UMC provided extraordinary hospitality and offered one of... Read More

2011 New England Annual Conference

July 6, 2011

The New England Annual Conference met in holy conferencing at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., from Wednesday, June 8 through Saturday, June 11, 2011. Read More

2011 New York Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

When conference clergy and laity gathered, they explored what it means to be "heart-warmed United Methodists in mission" through worship, Bible study and holy conferencing. Read More

2011 North Alabama Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

Methodism first entered the North Alabama area through the Tennessee Valley, and for the first time in 58 years, the Conference returned to the Huntsville area as the 2011 North Alabama Conference... Read More

2011 North Carolina Annual Conference

June 22, 2011

The North Carolina Annual Conference met June 15-18 in Raleigh, N.C., using the theme "A Future with Hope: Leading to Christ." Read More

2011 North Georgia Annual Conference

June 29, 2011

The 2011 North Georgia Annual Conference, emphasizing a hands-on approach to discipleship, united under the theme: "Engaging in Ministry with the Poor." Read More

2011 North Texas Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

The opening worship was held at First United Methodist Church, Dallas, and Bishop John Innis of Liberia preached an inspiring word. This service was made even more uplifting by numerous... Read More

2011 Northern Illinois Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

United Methodists of Northern Illinois recommitted to making disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world stating, "Together We Serve - United by Love" at the 172nd annual conference. Read More

2011 Oklahoma Annual Conference

June 17, 2011

The 2011 Oklahoma annual conference made history with its election of delegates to the 2012 general/jurisdictional conferences. Read More

2011 Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

June 27, 2011

"A New Day: A New Calling" was the theme of the 169th session of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Annual Conference held June 9-12 at Antlers, Okla. Read More

2011 Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference

June 22, 2011

"Boldly Making Disciples of Jesus Christ: Renewed in the Spirit" was the theme of the 43rd Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference meeting in Salem, Ore. Read More

2011 Pacific Northwest Annual Conference

July 14, 2011

From June 23-26, United Methodists representing 265 faith communities gathered for the 138th session of the Pacific Northwest Conference in Pasco, Wash. Read More

2011 Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference

June 29, 2011

The 227th session of the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference was held on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Md., June 9-11, 2011. Read More

2011 Poland Annual Conference

June 20, 2011

Participants in the 90th annual conference in Poland, under the theme "Remembering and Dreaming," remembered the past and looked toward the future. Read More

2011 Red Bird Missionary Conference

June 15, 2011

Red Bird Missionary Conference opened with a message from Bishop Lindsey Davis, via video, from his home, where is recovering from a recent hospitalization. Bishop Michael Coyner, from the Indiana... Read More

2011 Rio Grande Annual Conference

July 1, 2011

Under the theme of "Moving Forward to Do God's Will," approximately 220 delegates received various reports on the state of the conference's vitality, initiatives and opportunities to create a culture of... Read More

2011 Rocky Mountain Annual Conference

July 20, 2011

The Rocky Mountain Annual Conference gathered with the theme, "Harvesting Hospitality: God's Kingdom at the Doorstep," June 16-19 at Denver Tech Center. Read More

2011 Serbia/Macedonia Annual Conference

September 28, 2011

"Seek the Lord with all your heart" was the theme of this year's meeting of the Serbia/Macedonia Annual Conference, which took place from Sept. 22-25, 2011, in Kisac Serbia. Read More

2011 South Carolina Annual Conference

June 27, 2011

"Can you feel it? Can you sense it?" Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor asked members of the South Carolina Annual Conference. "Are you ready, South Carolina, for what God will do... Read More

2011 South Georgia Annual Conference

June 22, 2011

More than 1,200 United Methodists felt God's presence during the 2011 South Georgia Annual Conference session, held June 5-9 in Tifton, Ga. Read More

2011 South Germany Annual Conference

June 15, 2011

The ninth South German Annual Conference gathered May 18-22 in Öhringen und Heilbronn, Germany, with Bishop Rosemarie Wenner presiding. The conference theme was "Where heaven and earth meet." This... Read More

2011 Southwest Texas Annual Conference

June 27, 2011

More than 1,300 lay and clergy delegates gathered in Corpus Christi June 8-11 for the 42nd session of the Southwest Texas Annual Conference, a session that made history in welcoming the... Read More

2011 Susquehanna Annual Conference

July 6, 2011

After citing words in Deuteronomy, "I set before you life and death. Choose life," Bishop Jane Allen Middleton asked 1,500 United Methodists, "What personal or congregational baggage and keepsakes is Christ... Read More

2011 Switzerland-France Annual Conference

June 22, 2011

The Annual Conference Switzerland-France-North Africa met from June 16-19, 2011, in Winterthur and Zurich (Switzerland) under the theme "Where Heaven and Earth Meet." Read More

2011 Tennessee Annual Conference

July 14, 2011

Entering the events of the 2011 annual conference, those in the Tennessee Conference were fully aware of the theme "Risk-Taking Mission & Service." Read More

2011 Texas Annual Conference

June 27, 2011

The 2011 gathering of the Texas Annual Conference shined the spotlight on the challenges facing the conference and denomination, while simultaneously testifying to God's ability to sustain and strengthen the church. Read More

2011 Upper New York Annual Conference

June 24, 2011

One year following its creation, the Upper New York annual conference held its second session from June 7-11, 2011, in Rochester, N.Y., with the theme “Moving with the Spirit: Promise,... Read More

2011 Virginia Annual Conference

June 20, 2011

Meeting in Roanoke, members of the 229th Virginia Annual Conference elected one of the largest delegations to the 2012 General Conference, considered almost 20 resolutions and welcomed a familiar face filling in... Read More

2011 West Michigan Annual Conference

June 16, 2011

Opening the 43rd Session of the West Michigan Annual Conference, Michigan Area Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton called upon the members to "feed both the body and spiritual needs of a... Read More

2011 West Ohio Annual Conference

July 6, 2011

The 42nd session of the West Ohio Annual Conference began with music from the Marty Ford Experience, ushering in vibrant praise and a spirit of celebration that would continue throughout... Read More

2011 West Virginia Annual Conference

June 20, 2011

The 43rd session of the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church took place June 8-11 at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va. Read More

2011 Western North Carolina Annual Conference

June 16, 2011

Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster presided. Clergy and laity sessions were held separately to address issues significant to each group; however, both received information on the new clergy-evaluation process developed by... Read More

2011 Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference

June 22, 2011

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton told 1,600 members of the Western PA Annual Conference gathered that churches can no longer afford to conduct business as usual. Read More

2011 Wisconsin Annual Conference

July 7, 2011

The Wisconsin Annual Conference UMC took place at the Chula Vista Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells June 12 -15, featuring the theme "Love Unconditionally," which was woven throughout the four... Read More

2011 Yellowstone Annual Conference

July 7, 2011

The forty-second session of the Yellowstone Annual Conference was held June 10-13 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Billings, Mont. Read More