Ecumenical guests are welcomed to the 2012 United Methodist General Conference by Bishop Sharon Zimmerman Rader (on video screen). Rader is ecumenical officer for the denomination's Council of Bishops.
Translators receive daily instructions at the 2012 General Conference. An issue with translation arose April 27 when a delegate who spoke Swahili was pressed into service as an uncertified translator during a legislative committee meeting.
Mark Miller stands at the microphone, surrounded by supporters, to protest the church's lack of inclusiveness in its process of Holy Conversation April 26 at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference.
Delegates walk past silent demonstrators before the April 27 morning plenary at the 2012 General Conference. The protest was organized after delegate Mark Miller spoke of LGBT delegates feeling bullied by the April 26 "holy conversation" on human sexuality.
Outside the plenary session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida, the Rev. Amy DeLong holds chains in her hand as she and others who support the full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the life of the church hold a silent vigil April 26.
Retired Bishop Melvin Talbert (right) prays with a delegate during April 26 evening worship at General Conference. The bishop's rainbow-colored scarf signifies his longtime support for the full inclusion of LGBT people in the work and life of The United Methodist Church.