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General Conference 2012

A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey

The Rev. We Hyun Chang, a pastor in Belmont, Mass., and a delegate from the New England Annual (regional) Conference, argues to reconsider retaining guaranteed appointments for clergy, during a debate at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. The guarantee of an annual appointment for elders was eliminated by the conference on May 1.

GC2012: Vote ends guaranteed appointments

Item passes quickly on May 1 consent calendar among other measures; effort to reconsider fails. Read More

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A UMNS photo by Kats Barry

A quiet demonstration in support of full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the life of The United Methodist Church occurs as delegates and visitors leave the April 26 plenary session of the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla.

GC2012: Holy conversations have unintended effect

About 300 demonstrate in response to treatment of people during some sessions on human sexuality. Read More