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General Conference 2004: News Archives

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

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 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

Delegates keep black church initiative, create black heritage center

African-American United Methodist churches will continue to be strengthened and revitalized for mission and ministry for another four years. Read More

Delegates retain mandatory retirement age rules

Measures that would have eliminated mandatory retirement of clergy, general agency staff and bishops were rejected by the 2004 United Methodist General Conference on May 4. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Robert E. Fannin, Birmingham Area, gives the sermon during morning worship on May 6 at the denomination's 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Bishop tells conference ‘It’s a spiritual matter’

Bishop Robert E. Fannin told the 2004 United Methodist General Conference that “most of the questions, concerns and opportunities facing the church are spiritual matters.” Read More

Delegates tackle bio-ethical issues

The production of embryos for purely research purposes is wrong, the United Methodist Church declared May 6. Read More

Task Force Will Study Link Between Teen Sexual Identity, Suicide Risk

Professing a belief in the sanctity of human life, United Methodist delegates at the General Conference voted May 6 to create a task force to study teen sexual identity and suicide... Read More

Sandra Kelley Lackore, top staff executive of the United Methodist Church's General Council on Finance and Administration, illustrates the source of church revenue as she presents the financial state of the church to the denomination's 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh. A UMNS photo by Rasul Welch.

United Methodists Balance Budgets, Needs

Delegates to the United Methodist General Conference are wrestling with ministries to address global needs and the ability of local churches to fund those programs. Read More