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General Conference 2016: News and Press Releases

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

Commission on General Conference Favors Discernment Process

The Commission on the General Conference gave the go-ahead for an alternative process of discernment for dealing with legislative petitions that may benefit from discussion in small groups. Read More

General Conference Sites Chosen for 2024 and 2028

Manila, Philippines was chosen as the site for the 2024 General Conference. The Commission also voted to hold the 2028 conference in Harare, Zimbabwe. 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

Commission on the General Conference to hold listening session in Portland

The Commission on the General Conference of The United Methodist Church has invited representatives of Good News, MFSA, Love Prevails, Reconciling Ministries, and The Confessing Movement to share in a... Read More

Volunteer Marshals and Pages Needed for General Conference

Beginning April 1, volunteers can apply online to serve as marshals or pages during The United Methodist Church’s 2016 General Conference. Read More

Volunteers needed for General Conference

Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during the 2016 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which will meet in Portland, Oregon from May 10-20, 2016. 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

Music or dance ensembles sought for General Conference

United Methodist choirs and worship ensemble groups from around the world may now audition online for an invitation to perform at the 2016 General Conference. Read More

2016 General Conference Logo Unveiled

The Commission on the General Conference has chosen a logo for the 2016 General Conference. Read More

General Conference 2016: Housing for General Conference

The Commission on General Conference has selected Connections Housing as the official accommodations partner for the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. and the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis, Minn. Read More

Minneapolis Chosen as General Conference 2020 Site

The United Methodist Church's top legislative body will meet at the eco-focused Minneapolis Convention Center. 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

Photo courtesy of the Oregon Convention Center.

Portland to Host 2016 United Methodist General Conference

The Commission on the General Conference has announced that Portland, Ore. has been selected as the site for the 2016 General Conference. The United Methodist Church's top legislative body will meet... Read More