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2014 Annual Conference - General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegate Elections

by: Danette Clifton

6/4/2014

North Alabama Conference 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation General Conference   Clergy Robin Scott Dale Cohen Mary Bendall Tiwirai Kufarimai  Laity Steve Lyles Scott Selman Zac Riddle Carol Toney                                  Jurisdictional Conference   Clergy Glenn Conner Robert Sparkman Mark Parris Julie Holly Laity Charlie Carlton Pat Meadows Emily Chastain Judy Poole  Alternate Delegates   Clergy Lori Carden Wade Griffith Richard Stryker ...


Lay Ministry: General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegate Elections at 2014 Annual Conference

by: Steve Lyles

12/4/2013

General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegate Elections at 2014 Annual Conference In June, our North Alabama Annual Conference will elect delegates to the 2016 General Conference and the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.   In the past, Annual Conferences elected delegates to General and Jurisdictional Conference at the Annual Conference session held the calendar year preceding General Conference. However, in 2012, our North Alabama Conference delegation to General Conference proposed ...


North Alabama to hold General and Jurisdictional Conference delegate elections at 2014 Annual Conference

12/4/2013

The 2016 General Conference, the top policy-making body of the United Methodist Church and the only body that officially speaks for the denomination, will meet in Portland, Oregon, on May 10-20, 2016. The 2016 General Conference will consist of approximately 850 delegates from all over the world who will vote on petitions and resolutions and revise the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church.  Each annual conference is allotted an equal number of lay and clergy delegates to General ...


2016 General Conference to see drop in delegates

10/22/2013

The 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore., will have about 15 percent fewer delegates than recent gatherings of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking body. The Commission on the 2016 General Conference on Friday, Oct. 18, voted 14 to 2 to set the target number of delegates at 850. That number is not exact. It could vary by a few people either direction to meet representation requirements under church law. General Conference, which meets for nearly two weeks every four years, has ...


New wrinkle in appointment security

6/13/2012

Supporters of guaranteed appointments for United Methodist clergy have a new reason for hope. The Rev. L. Fitzgerald "Gere" Reist II, secretary of the General Conference, informed the Council of Bishops late June 11 that the language in the 2012 Book of Discipline “does not eliminate the security of appointment for elders.” But, other denominational leaders question Reist’s interpretation of what the 2012 General Conference, the denomination’s top lawmaking body, accomplished when it met ...


General Conference 2012 concludes

5/7/2012

The 2012 meeting of the United Methodist General Conference met April 24 to May 4, 2012, in Tampa, Florida. This top legislative body of the church, which meets once every four years, worked through legislation submitted by individual members, groups and organizations of the United Methodist Church to revise portions of The Book of Discipline and The Book of Resolutions. General Conference is the only entity that speaks for The United Methodist Church. During the opening worship service, ...


First week ofGeneral Conference business comes to a close

4/28/2012

Delegates relived some painful chapters in the lives of Native peoples during an April 27 “Act of Repentance toward Healing Relationships with Indigenous Peoples.” “There’s a lot of history that has been concealed; you have to go and dig it up,” said the Rev. George Tinker, a citizen of the Osage Nation and a professor at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Tinker began that excavation by recalling the 1864 massacre at Sand Creek, where John Chivington, a Methodist pastor, led 700 Colorado ...


GC2012: Covenant for a worldwide church debuts

4/26/2012

For more than 270 years, the Methodist movement has expanded and grown in almost every part of the world, including in the regions outside the United States that United Methodists call central conferences. Recent growth is illustrated at the 2012 General Conference as, for the first time in the history of The United Methodist Church, more than 39 percent of the delegates are church members who live and worship in central conferences. To better understand this growth and how the denomination ...


Debate on rules, holy conferencing, follow major addresses

4/25/2012

TAMPA, Fla. (UMNS) –– After a morning of major addresses and after a lengthy session establishing rules for legislative processes, delegates broke into 13 legislative committees to elect officers. After an afternoon of training, the officers will lead delegates in processing some 1,200 petitions before presentation to plenary sessions beginning Monday, April 30. In a session that took 90 minutes longer than the scheduled time allotted, delegates approved several changes in the rules by which ...


General Conference delegates begin worldwide conference

4/25/2012

The General Conference of the United Methodist Church is meeting April 24 - May 4, 2012, in Tampa, Florida. General Conference is the highest legislative body in the denomination. It meets once every four years. It is the only entity that speaks for The United Methodist Church. The primary responsibility of the General Conference is to enact legislation for the denomination. The General Conference revises The Book of Discipline and The Book of Resolutions. Most of the first week of General ...


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