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General Conference 2016: Audio Stories

Listen to stories about General Conference through the voices of the participants. 

GC2016 Audio: Closing message recalls General Conference experience

May 20, 2016

Delegates called to 'let your light so shine that all may give glory to God' More

GC2016 Audio: Bishop Bruce Ough preaches at closing worship

May 20, 2016

'At the end of this General Conference Jesus speaks to us - Go Therefore!' More

GC2016 Audio: Oregon Convention Center proud to have hosted General Conference

May 20, 2016

Sustainable facility provides safety, security and hospitality for delegates, staff, and guests. More

GC2016 Audio: Hispanic observers offer reflections

May 20, 2016

Pastor and seminary student share their experience of the General Conference More

GC2016 Audio: ‘We are not going to leave divided’

May 20, 2016

'Go home as storytellers...because God is not finished with us yet,' says Bishop Stanovsky More

GC2016 Audio: ‘We are working hard together’

May 20, 2016

Slow start gives way 'to greater comfort with each other' says Bishop Goodpaster More

GC2016 Audio: Technology and social media ‘can make us a better church in four years’

May 20, 2016

General Conference, 'a humbling experience' can be enhanced by using more technology for conversations among people of the church More

GC2016 Audio: Celebrating 60 years of Women’s Ordination

May 19, 2016

Also celebrating 40th anniversary of the first clergywomen delegates to General Conference More

GC2016 Audio: Celebrating Francis Asbury

May 19, 2016

General Conference paused for a moment to remember the death of Bishop Francis Asbury who died at General Conference on this day in 1816. More

GC2016 Audio: Good News leader has hopes for Bishops’ proposal

May 19, 2016

'I'm cautiously optimistic that this commission can help us' More

GC2016 Audio: Following the General Conference from a distance

May 19, 2016

Electronic connection to the General Conference More

GC2016 Audio: ‘A Critical Moment for the Bishops to Speak’

May 19, 2016

'Historic request from the General Conference for leadership on this matter of impasse' More

GC2016 Audio: Missionary to Bethlehem commissioned

May 19, 2016

Michael Arteen certain 'the Lord is with me paving the way' More

GC2016 Audio: ‘Church needs compassionate hearts’

May 19, 2016

Bishop Yambasu's message - 'passion with compassion' More

GC2016 Audio: 29 Missionaries Commissioned

May 19, 2016

Thursday morning service sends missionaries forward More

GC2016 Audio: General Conference ‘growing more diverse’

May 18, 2016

Retired Bishops Hutchinson and Looney reflect on the General Conference More

GC2016 Audio: Bishop Ough press conference

May 18, 2016

Q&A with the President of the Council of Bishops following the morning statement More

GC2016 Audio: ‘Evil is Going, Too!’

May 18, 2016

'We must not be passive good people' More

GC2016 Audio: Celebrating Imagine No Malaria

May 18, 2016

'THe United Methodist Church is making a difference in health, worldwide' More

GC2016 Audio: Imagine No Malaria press conference

May 18, 2016

Imagine No Malaria celebration press conference More

GC2016 Audio: Young Peoples’ Statement of Unity

May 18, 2016

'Seek solutions that promote global unity' More

GC2016 Audio: Statement from the Council of Bishops

May 18, 2016

Bishops seek 'to help the church to live in grace with one another' More

GC2016 Audio: New Hymnal to debut in 2020

May 17, 2016

New media present new opportunities for the musical collection More

GC2016 Audio: Transitions into Ministry

May 17, 2016

Transitions sent several young clergy to Portland to attend their very first General Conference. More

GC2016 Audio: SEJ episcopal candidates forum

May 17, 2016

'Go in the name of Jesus of Palestine rather than Jesus of Constantine' More

GC2016 Audio: Tuesday Morning sermon: ‘Go in the name of Jesus…’

May 17, 2016

'Go in the name of Jesus of Palestine rather than Jesus of Constantine' More

GC2016 Audio: Bishop Ough presents statement from Council of Bishops

May 17, 2016

'The Bishops are here to serve the church' More

GC2016 Audio: Clean water rally

May 17, 2016

Clean water is a right of humanity. More

GC2016 Audio: Council of Bishops statement on Unity press conference

May 17, 2016

'My heart is broken...our hearts are broken.' More

GC2016 Audio: Water rights - a matter of justice and equality

May 16, 2016

UMW rally attenders hear Bishop say, "Your presence matters!" More

GC2016 Audio: UMW-150

May 16, 2016

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of United Methodist Women More

GC2016 Audio: Four Areas of Focus press briefing

May 16, 2016

Press briefing following the Four Areas of Focus presentation to the 2016 General Conference. More

GC2016 Audio: Choosing General Conference over graduation ceremony

May 16, 2016

Andrew Woods skips Duke Divinity graduation ceremony to be at the 2016 General Conference More

GC2016 Audio: Something is communicated through the interpretations

May 16, 2016

Cote d'Ivoire delegate turns to the Holy Spirit when challenges arise More

GC2016 Audio: Four Areas of Focus

May 16, 2016

Focus for the current journey More

GC2016 Audio: Monday morning worship

May 16, 2016

Service includes consecration of deaconesses and home missioners More

GC2016 Audio: The Women’s Bible

May 16, 2016

'This is not your Mother’s pink Bible' More

GC2016 Audio: Deacon experiences worldwide church

May 15, 2016

‘We’ve been really respectful of each other’s opinions’ More

GC2016 Audio: Exhibits are a collaborative effort

May 15, 2016

‘There’s a spirit of one even across our individual displays’ More

GC2016 Audio: Young People’s Address

May 15, 2016

‘We’re engaged in Christ’s journey with energy and love’ More

GC2016 Audio: Finding Common Ground

May 15, 2016

‘It’s awfully hard to remain polarized if we start from listening to one another.’ More

GC2016 Audio: Parliamentarians help the process

May 15, 2016

‘It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of’ More

GC2016 Audio: Meet Deaconess Clara Ester

May 15, 2016

‘If you just served to the best of your ability the world would be a lot different’ More

GC2016 Audio: Saturday, May 14 Worship Service

May 14, 2016

'Listening to God's Dream' More

GC2016 Audio: Pledge of universal hospitality

May 14, 2016

Six lay leaders pledge to work for 'extending hospitality to offer Christ to all' More

GC2016 Audio: Connectional Table report

May 14, 2016

Hannah Foust has funded three wells and inspired 13 more that provide water for 13,000 people More

GC2016 Audio: Council on Finance and Administration

May 14, 2016

CFA presentation focuses on ’what we as United Methodists do together’ More

GC2016 Audio: ‘I wanted to help’

May 14, 2016

Tess Sutton is one of the hundreds of volunteers at the General Conference More

GC2016 Audio: Bishop Dyck calls the church to mercy

May 14, 2016

Sermon includes calls to the church "not to add incompatibilities" More

GC2016 Audio: ‘Parliamentary procedure will not transform the world’

May 14, 2016

Fred Brewington laments how parliamentary procedure was used to compromise transformation More

GC2016 Audio: Agenda: Sharing Christ’s Love

May 12, 2016

#GC4JC: 'We don't have an agenda other than to share the love of Christ" More

GC2016 Audio: Marshalls and Pages

May 12, 2016

Marshalls and Pages invited to bring Christ-like presence More

GC2016 Audio: ‘The Connectional Church has raised me’

May 12, 2016

Iowa delegate 'raised by the church' is 'encouraged by number of young people here' More

GC2016 Audio: Episcopal Address

May 11, 2016

Bishop Gregory Palmer, of the denomination’s West Ohio area, delivered the Episcopal Address. More

GC2016 Audio: Episcopal Address Press Conference

May 11, 2016

Press conference about the Episcopal Address with Bishop Gregory Palmer, of the denomination’s West Ohio area. More

GC2016 Audio: Worldwide nature of the church press conference

May 11, 2016

Bishop Streiff and Bishop Carcano meet the press More

GC2016 Audio: ‘Jesus, We Are Here’

May 10, 2016

In opening worship sermon Bishop Brown declares: 'Jesus, we are here...for you' More

GC2016 Audio: Opening Worship Service

May 10, 2016

GC2016 Opening Worship Service More

GC2016 Audio: Delegates get acquainted with technology

May 10, 2016

Neeley Hicks, Director of Information and Communications Technology for Development reflects on the technological advancement to be experienced at the 2016 General Conference. More

GC2016 Audio: Daily Christian Advocate fills an “extraordinary role”

May 10, 2016

Marvin Cropsy, Managing Editor for the Daily Christian Advocate, talks about his involvement with the publication. More

GC2016 Audio: Delegates receive technology training

May 10, 2016

Dr. John Pena, president of Banyam Theological School in Nigeria spoke about the technological training offered to international delegates to the General Conference. More