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GC2016: News Archives

Members of the Council of Bishops listen as Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a statement about sexuality and the church from the Council at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. The Council of Bishops has called a special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019 to take up bishops’ proposals related to church unity and homosexuality. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Bishops set date for special 2019 General Conference

The special meeting will deal solely with the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, charged with finding ways to foster church unity amid deep differences around homosexuality. Read More

The Judicial Council at its April meeting faces a petition asking how the election of an openly gay bishop squares with the Book of Discipline, the denomination's governing document. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

5 constitutional amendments head to vote

The changes address matters of gender equality, inclusiveness in membership, delegate and bishop elections, as well as bishop accountability. Read More

Delegates consider legislation during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Reactions vary to 2019 special General Conference

Some say timing suggests 'lack of urgency' but others note logistical challenges. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a Council of Bishops statement about sexuality and the church at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Bishops approve plan for sexuality panel

The bishops’ executive committee also acknowledged the church’s fast-changing landscape as it plans the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More

5 conferences join faith coalition on reproductive rights, abortion

After General Conference 2016 told two general agencies to end membership in the faith coalition that supports reproductive health and abortion, the Oregon-Idaho Conference voted to join. Read More

Two conferences vote for full inclusion of LGBTQ

The Desert Southwest and California-Pacific conferences call for a halt to judicial actions related to church law that discriminates against LGBTQ people. Read More

The Revs. Will Green (left) and John Blackadar offer a resolution that the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church

New England Conference passes ʽact of non-conformity’

New England delegates overwhelmingly say conference won’t honor church law regarding homosexuality. Read More

General Conference has authorized a study of the areas bishops serve in the United States.  Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

U.S. Northeast keeps bishops — for now

The 2016 General Conference voted to leave the number of U.S. bishops unchanged as church leaders consider changing the denomination’s map. Read More

Isaac Broune (left) and Joe Tueche Ndzulo handle the French desk during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. News reports from General Conference were transmitted via text message in four languages to almost 4,000 recipients in Africa.

Thousands of Africans received GC2016 news via text

A new texting program kept African United Methodists in the loop as General Conference was happening. Read More

Plan UMC agency restructuring got a chilly reception at the 2016 General Conference. Church leaders still are looking for how agencies can better serve the global connection. Wordle by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

After GC2016, future murky for agency reform

Plan UMC got a cool reception at this General Conference, but proponents still hope some form of agency restructuring will come back in four years. Read More

Protestors in support of LGBTQ clergy line the entryway to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference May 18 in Portland, Ore. Many wore or carried  clergy stoles of defrocked clergy.

Conferences react to ‘Way Forward’ on sexuality

The Council of Bishops’ proposal to put the sexuality debate on hold doesn’t end complaints or charges. Read More

Delegate Pierre Kasongo (right) and other members of the Tanganyika delegation vote on legislation while supporters of full rights for LGBTQ persons in the life of The United Methodist Church stand with their mouths taped shut outside the bar of the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore., to symbolize the way LGBTQ people feel they are silenced by the church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

GC2016 commentary: We can’t legislate church

Church can’t be legislated, but a clear mandate for denominational unity would help the next General Conference. Read More