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General Conference 2004: News Archives

 

Sermon: ‘Resurrect Your Song’

Based on Ephesians 5:14-16, 19-20 This worship experience has found expression in words of songs. Read More

United Methodist Church supports reparations for African Americans

Delegates to the top legislative assembly of the United Methodist Church voted to support a study of reparations for African Americans and to petition the vice president and House of... Read More

Rev. Randy Day

United Methodists remember victims in Sudan, advocate aid

The United Methodist Church’s legislative assembly paused in the course of a busy session to pray and pass a resolution expressing concern for 5 million displaced people in Sudan. Read More

Jay Williams is an advocate for human rights in Sudan. UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

2008 General Conference will feature youth address

The value of the voices of youth and young adults was affirmed when the 2004 General Conference voted overwhelmingly to add an address by a young person to the agenda for... Read More

Delegates approve document on Holy Communion

What do United Methodists want from Holy Communion? Read More

The Rev. William Hinson (right), president of the Confessing Movement, and the Rev. Bruce Robbins, former top staff executive of the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns, discuss an anonymously written statement that was circulated at General Conference regarding a possible study on schism. The statement, written as the draft of a resolution, was not presented to the conference and never came up for vote. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

United Methodist Church affirms its unity

United Methodist delegates to 2004 General Conference stood, joined hands and sang the hymn “Blest Be The Tie That Binds” before approving a resolution affirming the unity of the church. Read More

Delegates approve new clergy pension plan

United Methodist clergy now have a new pension program. Read More

The Spiritual Image choir from Melrose United Methodist Church, San Leandro, Calif., sings during morning worship on May 7, final day of the denomination's 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Bishop Calls Life a Song ‘Waiting to Be Sung’

Bishop Rhymes H. Moncure, Jr. took a little liberty with the lyrics of a Jim Forbes’ song to communicate the idea that people’s lives are like songs waiting to... Read More

Rev. Benjamin Boni (right) and Rev. R. Randy Day announce that the million-member Protestant Methodist Church of Cote d'Ivoire is joining the United Methodist Church during a press conference at the United Methodist Church's 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh. Boni is leader of the Cote d'Ivoire delegation to General Conference. Day is top staff executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Cote d’Ivoire denomination joins United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church today grew by about 1 million members. Read More

Clergy granted decision whether to report child abuse confessions

Clergy will be allowed to “listen to their own conscience” in deciding whether or not to report a case of suspected child abuse or neglect, according to action taken May 7... Read More

United Methodist Bishop C. Joseph Sprague, Chicago Area, presides over a May 7 session of the denomination's 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

United Methodists set four-year budget

Delegates to the United Methodist General Conference engaged in several parliamentary gymnastic maneuvers before finally approving the four-year, $612.5 million budget proposed by the denomination’s fiscal agency. Read More

The Rev. William Hinson (right), president of the Confessing Movement, and the Rev. Bruce Robbins, former top staff executive of the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns, discuss an anonymously written statement that was circulated at General Conference regarding a possible study on schism. The statement, written as the draft of a resolution, was not presented to the conference and never came up for vote. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Daily Wrap-up: Church adds members, affirms unity

In their final day of deliberation, delegates to the United Methodist General Conference voted on legislation ranging from the denominationwide budget to the conflict in the Sudan to a declaration... Read More

Delegates Burnham A. Robinson (left) and Rev. Judith A. Sands, both from Central Texas, embrace following a vote of the 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh affirming unity in the United Methodist Church. The overwhelming approval of the resolution on unity followed several days of contentious debate on the issues in the church related to homosexuality. A UMNS photo by John C. Goodwin.

Wrap-up: 2004 General Conference

After 10 days of debates and demonstrations, petitions and prayers, delegates to the 2004 United Methodist General Conference firmly committed themselves to the unity of the church. Read More

Advocates for gay and lesbian rights protest church policies during the 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh. A UMNS Photo by John C. Goodwin

Gay rights group stages ‘peaceful interruption’ at General Conference

At 11:10 a.m. May 6, a single drummer slowly beat a rhythm signaling the beginning of a peaceful interruption of the 2004 General Conference. Read More

Center of Hope Offers ‘hand up’ to Those in Need

When the Rev. Fred Smith and his wife, Emma, moved from Atlanta to the economically depressed area of southwestern Pennsylvania three years ago, “the despair and disappointment was so thick... Read More

Conservatives consider ‘separation’ of United Methodist Church

Despite favorable outcomes on most of their key issues at General Conference, conservative leaders are considering un-uniting the United Methodist Church. Read More

Advocates for gay and lesbian rights protest church policies during the 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh. A UMNS Photo by John C. Goodwin

Daily Wrap-up: Proposal to dissolve United Methodist Church, gay-rights demonstration dominate assem

The floating of a proposal to dissolve the United Methodist Church into two separate denominations sparked hallway discussions at the church’s top legislative meeting. This proposal and a morning... Read More

Judicial Council defers decisions, elects new officers

The top judicial body of the United Methodist Church has deferred two requests for declaratory decisions at General Conference until its fall meeting. Read More

Bishop Edward Paup

Church Creates Connectional Table to Lead General Agency Work

The United Methodist Church has decided to create a “Connectional Table” to guide the work of the denomination’s general agencies. Read More

Delegates vote to fund global education, Africa University

The growth of the United Methodist Church, which in 2003 touted a membership of more than 10 million, can be attributed, in part, to evangelism efforts in Africa, southeast Asia and Europe. Read More