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2012 General Conference Delegates

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The Committee on Reference will meet in advance of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference in order to determine whether petitions submitted by organizations and individuals are in harmony with the call to the special session. Read more

A Way Forward

The Rev. William B. Lawrence, past president of the Judicial Council, contends that the Commission on General Conference shouldn't have considered allegations of GC2019 voter fraud behind closed doors. Read more

General Conference 2019

Bishop Juan

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General Conference Commission leaders said the decision was based on the lack of facilities to hold a denomination-wide legislative assembly, which typically draws thousands of delegates and observers. Read more

Finance and Administration

Printed copies of the Advance Daily Christian Advocate should be out by Nov. 26, but an electronic version is now available. Read more

A Way Forward

A decision to charge $200-per-person registration fees for the 2019 General Conference is already having the opposite effect of what the General Conference Commission intended. Read more

Perspectives 3 Comments

How to pay for the 2019 Special General Conference – and how to tone down the anger and mistrust of previous sessions – has challenged the agency charged with running the church-wide policy-making assembly. Read more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Applications by individuals related to unofficial groups seeking to be "interested parties" to the Council of Bishops' request were denied by the Judicial Council, which instead will view them as "friend of the court" briefs. Read more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

Gere Reist

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A new ballot on Amendment 1, which failed by half a percentage point of passing, is to be sent out because of an error in the text, says the secretary of the General Conference. Read more

Finance and Administration 7 Comments

Delegate count and other details of the 2020 General Conference were addressed at the recent meeting of the UMC agency charged with organizing and operating the global lawmaking assembly. Read more

2020 General Conference

Sara Hotchkiss

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Planning and running the called Special General Conference in 2019 has put The United Methodist Church into "uncharted waters," but details are beginning to firm up, say members of the Commission on the General Conference. Read more

Finance and Administration

GC Booth

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The Discovery Institute, a Seattle think tank promoting Intelligent Design rather than evolutionary biology, has mounted a protest against the UMC's refusal to let the group exhibit at the 2016 General Conference. Read more

GC Archive

2012 General Conference Delegates

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Three themes from the Pre-General Conference Briefing point to organizers' effort to shape a more globally equal and more spiritually based 2016 session of The United Methodist Church's worldwide policy-making assembly, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Pray for the Church

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The Rev. Steve Clunn, coordinator for the Love Your Neighbor coalition of 11 organizations, outlines his deep concerns about the alternative legislative process on LGBT issues proposed by the General Commission on the General Conference. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

Committee Vote

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The Commission on the General Conference is proposing an alternative to the traditional legislative debates, but first it must get the global lawmaking body to approve the plan, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. Read more

Finance and Administration

The United Methodist Commission on the General Conference is proposing to limit the number and kinds of petitions that come before the UMC's global legislative body. Read more

Finance and Administration

2012 Round Tables

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The Rev. Bryan Bucher of the United Methodist Centrist Movement contends that those who favor a middle-of-the-road approach to human sexuality and church organization were deliberately snubbed by the Commission on the General Conference. Read more

Perspectives 1 Comments

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The General Commission on the General Conference has chosen Manila, Philippines and Harare, Zimbabwe as the respective sites for the 2024 and 2028 global legislative sessions, the first time the worldwide body will meet outside the United States. Read more

Global Nature 1 Comments

LGBTQ Leaders

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After accepting an invitation to meet with the General Conference commission, LGBTQ leaders issue a response to the meeting. Read more

Advocating Justice

Global Nature Video

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The Connectional Table and the General Commission on the General Conference have set up a new website for discussion about the worldwide nature of The United Methodist Church in advance of the 2016 General Conference. Read more

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