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Petition Submission Begins for General Conference 2016


Delegates consider legislation at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Petitions for consideration by the 2016 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary beginning April 1 and continuing through October 13, 2015. According to church law, "Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference..." Detailed instructions for submitting a petition are available on the ...

Music or Dance Ensembles Sought for General Conference 2016


United Methodist choirs and worship ensemble groups from around the world may now audition online for an invitation to perform at the 2016 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly which meets in Portland, Oregon, from May 10-20, 2016. To apply for an invitation to General Conference, groups are asked to submit a letter of application that includes the following: name of group name of primary contact person along with email address and phone number brief ...

Grants Available to Churches for Creative Older Adult Ministries


Local churches with ideas for creative ministries involving older adults can apply for a limited number of special Aging in Poverty Ministry grants from the United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministries (OAM). The grants from OAM and the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) will be made for the fourth consecutive quadrennium to help churches develop new ministries for older adults, especially programs for seniors who are facing poverty issues, said William Randolph, director of the ...

2014 Annual Conference - General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegate Elections

by: Danette Clifton


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 ...

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