2016 General Conference

2016 General Conference


General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which meets once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs.

2016 General Conference News

  • Delegates Blend Competing Statements on Human Sexuality: July 15, 2016

    Two factions at different ends of the spectrum on The United Methodist Church’s stance on human sexuality issues introduced resolutions. And then they worked together to craft language calling for a middle ground that passed overwhelmingly during the South Central Jurisdictional Conference meeting Friday afternoon, July 15, 2016. The separate resolutions called for “Unity Amidst…

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  • General Conference Debriefing for ALL Laity: August 20, 2016
    2016 General Conference

    Debriefing for the Laity of the North Texas Conference. Panelists and presenters will consist of the Lay Delegation and Alternates to General Conference. August 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. — 3:15 p.m. Panel Discussion, Lunch, and Information Sessions on topics discussed in committee and brought to the floor for a vote at Walnut Hill UMC.

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  • 2016 Annual Conference Celebrates 60 Years of Full Clergy Rights for Women
    1956 General Conference

    On May 4, 1956 the General Conference of the (then) Methodist Church meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, did something amazing. It changed the church’s Book of Discipline to support full clergy rights for women. And the church has never been the same since.

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  • General Conference: Lay Delegates Richard Hearne and Linda Parks Give Their Takeaways
    Richard Hearne

    Lay Delegates Richard Hearne and Linda Parks Give Their Takeaways. When all the delegates left Portland, Oregon, on May 21, 2016, I came away with a small amount of hope for the future of The United Methodist Church. Attending my church the Sunday following General Conference, I was bombarded by one singular question, “How was General Conference?”

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  • Council of Bishops Letter to the Church: May 23, 2016
    Bishop

    The Council of Bishops brings you greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has called us to be servant leaders of the church. In 1812, Bishop Francis Asbury, Bishop William McKendree and General Conference Secretary Daniel Hitt sent the first letter to churches following General Conference .

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