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Bishop's Prayer for a Way Forward


O God of Light and Revelation, We rejoice in your light, perfectly revealed in your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. We pray that during this season of Epiphany, you will radiate your light through us in ways that transform us and draw others to you. We lift up to you our beloved United Methodist Church. We are grateful for the many places around the globe where we play a role in your work of making disciples and transforming the world. We ask that you help us to become increasingly effective in ...

Praying Our Way Forward Phase 2 Commences January 1


The second phase of the "Praying Our Way Forward" initiative will be launched New Year’s Day with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. The effort will begin January 1 in the North Carolina Conference, and wrap up in the West Angola Episcopal area in June 2018. "The aim of 'Praying Our Way Forward' is to ask and listen for God’s leadership at this critical time in the life of our church,” said Bishop Al Gwinn, who co-chairs the initiative. Co-chair Bishop Debra ...

Council of Bishops Names 32 Commission Members


Washington, D.C.— The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced the membership of the Commission on a Way Forward. "After three months of diligent and prayerful discernment, we have selected eight bishops, 11 laity, 12 elders and one deacon to serve on the Commission," said Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops. "This group is representative of our theological diversity." Ough said the makeup of the 32-member commission is roughly comparable to U.S. and Central ...

Reflections on General Conference


Upon returning from General Conference in Portland, Oregon, Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett sat down with clergy delegates Dr. Robin Scott and Rev. Dale Cohen to discuss and reflect on this worldwide meeting of the United Methodist Church.  Watch video at The three discussed highlights of General Conference, challenges facing the church and hopes for the future.  They also discussed the Council of Bishops’ recommendation to find a way forward regarding human sexuality ...

General Conference Updates (updated daily)

by: Danette Clifton


Receive daily General Conference updates provided by the North Alabama Office of Communication by email. Sign up at Watch the General Conference Livestream General Conference 2016 Schedule United Methodist News Service (UMNS) News Coverage of General Conference UMNS Photos Friday, May 20 Update Delegates gathered for the last day of the 2016 General Conference and once again began their day with worship together. The United Methodist Church as placed ...

2016 General Conference Preview


The 2016 United Methodist General Conference will meet May 10-20, 2016, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.   General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. It meets once every four years. Elected clergy (pastors) and lay (local church members) delegates from every Annual Conference and Central Conference will gather to worship, pray, debate and vote as one body. Bishops preside at the sessions of the General Conference but do not have the ...

Lay Ministry Blog: 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation


It seems like it was only yesterday that the 2014 North Alabama Annual Conference elected our clergy and lay delegates to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. General Conference Based on the membership of our annual conference, eight delegates were allotted to North Alabama for this General Conference – four clergy and four lay. The following people were elected to form the Delegation that will represent the North Alabama Conference at General Conference in Portland, Oregon, on May ...

Free online course helps engage more people with General Conference


Exploring General Conference, a free online course from United Methodist Communications, is designed to help participants learn more about the official decision-making body of The United Methodist Church and to explore many of the aspects of General Conference in anticipation of the 2016 session. The course is comprised of five modules, which are designed to take about 30 minutes to complete. Throughout the course, students have the opportunity to engage in interactive activities to dig deeper ...

Connect with General Conference through redesigned mobile app


Picture from General Conference, in the palm of your hand - a redesigned 2016 General Conference app is now available. A helpful way to stay connected and learn more about all aspects of the conference, the app will feature news, photo and social media feeds, video and audio archives, live streaming of worship and plenary, the DCA and ADCA, and petition tracking. For delegates and others at the conference on May 10-20, there are also ...

New research: United Methodist pastors, leaders ahead of the tech game


United Methodist pastors and church leaders match or exceed the average U.S. technology adoption rates, according to new research from United Methodist Communications. “The purpose of the United Methodist Emerging Technology Survey was to assess penetration of new types of digital communication within the church to aid agency communications and messaging,” said Dan Krause, chief executive of United Methodist Communications. Krause said the study also helps the agency determine interest in ...

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