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Josephine Deere (left) and the Rev. David Wilson (right) of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference pray for the Rev. Tom Albin during a panel about praying for General Conference at the pre-General Conference briefing in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Briefing previews 2016 General Conference debates

United Methodists heard about legislation regarding ordination, denominational restructuring, church investments and teachings on homosexuality. Read More

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodists prepare for annual conferences

Legislative meetings for regional conferences in 2014 also include worship, ordination and even bike rides. Read More

GC2012: 40 more sent to mission service

Worldwide church gathers at General Conference as church sends new people to witness for God throughout the world. Read More

Wenner’s ‘stepping stones’ to bishop

German episcopal leader and new council president always felt welcome in the UMC. Read More

Bishop Janice Huie presides over a May 2 debate on denominational restructure at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference.

Week 2: GC2012 flurry of motions, ministry

Frustrated by not voting on major restructure legislation, some felt as if GC2012 accomplished nothing. That's not the case. Read More

Bishop Marisa de Freitas Ferreira (right) of the Methodist Church of Brazil prays for Bishop Adonias Pereira do Lago, also of Brazil, during evening worship at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla

Week 1: GC2012’s ‘slow’ week still busy

Delegates to The United Methodist General Conference considered 1,200 petitions as they prayed, praised and protested. Read More

Delegates and visitors fill the plenary hall in the May 1 afternoon celebration of Pan-Methodist Full Communion at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla.  On the screen are Bishop Sharon Rader and Bishop John White.

GC2012: General Conference wrap-up

United Methodists contend with structural and social issues at legislative assembly in Tampa. Read More

Bishops Judith Craig (left), Scott Jones (behind Craig) and Rosemarie Wenner (center) negotiate with the Rev. Amy DeLong, after dozens of demonstrators demanding a more inclusive church took over the floor of a May 3 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. The three bishops talked with DeLong in an attempt to resolve the situation without resorting to arrests.

Bishops close, reopen General Conference session

After presiding bishop threatened to close GC2012 plenary sessions to visitors, cooler heads prevailed. Read More

GC2012: Conference lowers apportionments

General Conference lowers general church apportionments by 6.03 percent, but local churches are unlikely to see differences. Read More

May 4 wrap: No restructure in 2012

A day filled with drama over an unexpected ruling on the church's structure plan ended anticlimactically when delegates adjourned without coming to a decision. Read More

GC2012: Bishop encourages delegates

As a sometimes difficult General Conference draws to a close, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner offers a message of hope. Read More

GC2012: Bishops urge ‘communities of love’

Kiesey and Matthews emphasize practice of 'blessing each other, rather than cursing each other.' Read More

GC2012: Delegate serves 11th term

Ruth Daugherty of Eastern Pennsylvania has witnessed some of the historic and defining moments of General Conferences. Read More

GC2012: Judicial Council voids Plan UMC

Compromise restructure plan unanimously deemed unconstitutional; two other referrals deferred until fall. Read More

No ‘Plan UMC’, GC2012 shrinks agencies

After reorganization plan is ruled unconstitutional, delegates work to salvage parts of the structural changes. Read More

Ruling invalidates change in Episcopal Fund

United Methodist Judicial Council declares change in apportionment by jurisdiction 'unconstitutional.' Read More

GC2012: Departed leave us ‘legacy of hope’

Bishop Middleton leads worship honoring those who have gone before, reminding all of need to leave same legacy. Read More

Council of Bishops President Rosemarie Wenner of Germany tells dozens of demonstrators for full inclusion of gays and lesbians in The United Methodist Church that the denomination's bishops feel their pain. Several dozen demonstrators took over the plenary floor of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla., on May 3 after the body reaffirmed the church's stance on homosexuality.

May 3 wrap: Gay rights protest closes morning session

A morning of tense debate leads to a demonstration preventing GC2012 delegates from doing their work. Read More

Demand for inclusiveness

Delegates cannot agree they disagree on sexuality

After more than an hour of debate and disagreement, two items stating Christians have different opinions about homosexuality were not approved. Read More

Tongan congregations of the California-Nevada Conference worship together at a New Year's celebration. The choir is from First Tongan UMC of Palo Alto (CA).

GC2012: Pacific Islanders welcome new ministry plan

"Our kalia ('canoe') has arrived and been welcomed," said the Rev. Sione Veikoso, hailing the passage of a comprehensive plan for Pacific Islander ministry in the United States. Read More

May 2 wrap: Delegates approve new structure

Frequently cited as the most important task before this General Conference, delegates say yes to new structure. Read More

GC2012: Sailing the ecumenical boat

Whatever the storms of life, fellowship of churches means 'you are not alone in the boat.' Read More

GC2012: Prayers for peace in Nigeria

General Conference prays for victims of the recent bombings that killed many as delegation worries about friends, families. Read More

GC2012: 5 Congo siblings capture hearts

Kamana children, ages 9 to 21, bring "O Happy Day" spirit to Florida churches and General Conference worship service. Read More

GC2012: Breaking bread with the homeless

Delegates took a break from legislative tedium to eat and sing with Tampa's homeless. Read More

GC2012: She’s been at the last 18 assemblies

Louise Short at 106 "just can't understand all the attention given me" as she receives ovation of General Conference. Read More

GC2012: Pan-Methodists celebrate together

United Methodists join 5 African-American denominations in full communion agreement. Read More

May 1 wrap: Guaranteed appointments ended

Delegates vote end to guaranteed jobs for clergy, enter into full communion with Pan-Methodist churches, approve sixth national plan, approve separate agency for women. Read More

Don’t you have faith yet, asks Bishop Yemba

Congolese bishop encouraged General Conference delegates as they consider the structure of the church to make certain it is mission focused. Read More

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

Justice for 1864 massacre pledged

GC2012 overwhelmingly commits church to work with four tribes in regard to reparations, repatriation and research related to Sand Creek. Read More

GC2012: Four elected to Judicial Council

Two Africans are top vote-getters during balloting to fill two clergy and two lay spots on United Methodist top court. Read More

GC2012: A night to recognize accomplishments

Time to celebrate 'challenges and achievements' of ministry with poor, global health, developing leaders, young people. Read More

GC2012: Set-aside bishop proposal fails

Fulltime president for Council of Bishops falls short of required two-thirds support because measure comes under constitutional rule. Read More

GC2012: 4 elected to University Senate

Chief executives and other academic leaders named to denomination's accrediting agency. Read More

Up to full GC2012 to decide restructure

No plan made it out of committee, supporters of the three major plans still working to accomplish various objectives. Read More

April 30 wrap: No set-aside bishop

On first day of handling legislation in plenary, delegates act on bishops' proposal, elect officers to Judicial Council. Read More

GC2012: Split views on Palestinian support

Some back petitions to divest from companies tied to occupation; others opposed to that strategy look to economic investment. Read More

GC2012: Starting along the path of repentance

The 2012 United Methodist General Conference takes time to reflect on injustices inflicted by the church on indigenous peoples. Read More

GC2012: 500 protest private prison industry

Bishops Carcaño and Trimble lead rally against the growing business, which provides monetary incentives for states to imprison immigrants. Read More

Native missionaries welcome Act of Repentance

Choctaw missionary believes 'the power of forgiveness can undo the past damage the church had done to Native people.' Read More

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

GC2012: Repentance outcome to be watched

Two North Carolina clergywomen have varied expectations for repentance and healing. Read More

GC2012: Affiliated, united churches welcomed

Bishop Rader recognizes delegates from 24 churches around the world with ties to The United Methodist Church. Read More

April 28 wrap: Repentance is life work

Genuine repentance calls for a change in life, says Native leader, and legislative committees scurry to complete work. Read More

GC2012: Hoshibata offers message of healing

Christ's love can heal the soul, Portland Area bishop reminds General Conference. Read More

GC2012: Passing the gavel

Presidency of Council of Bishops move to Rosemarie Wenner of Germany, the first female president from central conferences. Read More

Delegates to the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla., are sitting at round tables for the first time, a step designed to encourage better discussion of issues facing the the denomination's top legislative body. Meeting once every four years, General Conference is the only body that can speak as The United Methodist Church.

April 27 wrap: First step to set-aside bishop

Legislative committee seeks plenary session approval of a set-aside bishop as other committees forward recommendations. Read More

GC2012: Focus on World Malaria Day

With hundreds of thousands of lives saved, The United Methodist Church continues its fight through Imagine No Malaria. Read More

GC2012: Finding lost native history

Native Americans in Florida will be remembered during an April 27 Act of Repentance worship service at General Conference. Read More

April 26 wrap: Work begins

Decisions on petitions begin in earnest as presentations and events - in favor and in opposition to legislation - continue. Read More

GC2012: Covenant for a worldwide church debuts

Dreams and hopes offered for The United Methodist Church to live out its true worldwide nature. Read More

GC2012: King preaches message of inclusion

'Doors to kingdom of God are wide open,' bishop reminds delegates in April 25 worship to close intense day of work. Read More

GC2012: Lay speakers urge ‘transformation’

3 laity speakers emphasize that 'making disciples of Jesus Christ is a responsibility of all Christians.' Read More

GC2012: Be ‘charged, rooted, united’

Youth issue challenge to young who are a minority in the church's decision making to overcome the barriers of age differences. Read More

GC2012: Delegates set rules for business

After sessions on two days and discussion of 18 amendments, delegates approve rules as originally presented by rules committee. Read More

GC2012: Call for ‘resurrection revolution’

Bishop Weaver's Episcopal Address tells journey of Congo teens from conflict to river baptism to illustrate a new life in Christ. Read More

April 25 wrap: Opening addresses, rules

Debate on rules follows addresses by bishop, lay persons and young people. Legislative committees organize and delegates participate in holy conferencing. Read More

GC2012: How to increase accountability?

Legislation aims to increase responsibility for disciple making. United Methodists ask how bishops can be more accountable too. Read More

First service recalls Jesus’ seaside ministry

Maskoko Nation member consecrates worship space; Goodpaster tells delegates 'we now gather beside Tampa Bay to clean and mend our nets.' Read More

Faith communities can overcome AIDS epidemic

The people of God need to decide it is time to destroy HIV/AIDS, speakers said during "Lighten the Burden IV," sponsored by the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund. Read More

GC2012: Bishops limit meetings, shift roles

At session preceding General Conference, bishops change meeting schedule and role of retired members to respond to Call to Action challenge. Read More

General Conference 2012 officially begins

'Jesus will show up in Tampa,' says Goodpaster as he emphasizes the mission to 'live out the good news of God's love for all the world.' Read More

Bishop has ‘sole authority,’ top court says

United Methodist Judicial Council considers 3 cases at its spring meeting. Read More

Q&A: Music, worship at General Conference

'This United Methodist Church is so amazingly diverse, and we want to celebrate the many ways God is praised all over the connection.' Read More

Do we understand how the church works?

Evidence and experience point to knowledge gap separating members from the official stands and policies of the church. Read More