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General Conference 2016: News

Bishop Eben Nhiwatwa of Zimbabwe (center) holds a meeting of African bishops following the April 26, 2012

African bishops speak out on terrorism, sexuality

The bishops ask General Conference to include daily sessions of prayer for church unity and the cessation of violence around the globe. Read More

Debating church restructuring at the 2012 General Conference. A 2012 file photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Could reorganizing agencies boost church vitality?

Plan UMC aims to align denominational resources toward fostering vital congregations. Church members debate whether it does. Read More

A view of the platform from the floor of the 1968 uniting conference in Dallas, where a merger of the Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren Church resulted in The United Methodist Church.

United Methodists achieve milestones despite differences

Taking the long view, a church historian notes that General Conferences have overcome disagreements over theology and social issues to accomplish some of the church's most significant work. Read More

An alternative process for legislation related to the denomination’s stance on homosexuality is aimed at fostering more open dialogue. Demonstrations in support of full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the life of church were held at the 2012 General Conference. A file photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Alternative process offered for sexuality debate

The Commission on General Conference hopes to foster more open dialogue and bring out the ‘middle voices’ that often go unheard. Read More

A smart phone displays the logo “Therefore Go” used for the United Methodist General Conference 2016. The headphones and app could provide a “hearing hotspot” for translation into different languages.  Photo by Greg Nelson

Technology will bridge languages at 2016 General Conference

“Bring Your Own Device” technology will provide translations at 2016 General Conference. Read More

United Methodist women present a traditional dance from northern Mozambique during a meeting of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters and Connectional Table. Photo by the Rev. Rodney Steele

Plans under way to make Discipline truly global

A committee for The United Methodist Church is trying to determine what parts of its Book of Discipline are not adaptable outside the U.S. Read More

Members of the Virginia delegation huddle to discuss possible next steps after the United Methodist Judicial Council ruled the proposed

Early warning proposed for General Conference legislation

A proposed advisory panel aims to give delegates a heads up if a petition might violate the denomination’s constitution. Read More

The Rev. Damião Elias, a member of the Commission on General Conference, and interpreter Isaura Arez practice using a Bible app on a tablet. Elias, who is from Mozambique, is among nine commission members who received training from United Methodist Communications and will participate in a pilot project using the tablets. The hope is that the tools will help delegates, especially from Africa and the Philippines, in preparing for General Conference. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS

How technology could help General Conference delegates

The United Methodist Commission on General Conference has launched a pilot project using tablet computers in hopes of easing preparation in central conferences. Read More

The Hope for Africa Children's Choir performs at the 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. A UMNS file photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Portland to host 2016 General Conference

Oregon has been chosen as the location for the top legislative assembly of The United Methodist Church. Tentative dates are May 10-20, 2016. Read More