GC 2012 blog—opening day schedule

General Conference officially begins at 4 p.m. today with opening worship, and the preacher will be Bishop Larry Goodpaster, outgoing president of the Council of Bishops. A 400-plus member mass choir from the Florida Conference is scheduled to perform.

Tonight brings the organization of the General Conference—the first plenary session. The voting system will be tested, and the Commission on General Conference will bring its report.

This morning and afternoon, briefings continue, including one for women delegates, another for delegates under 30, and still another for racial and ethnic minority delegates.

Insufficient orientation? Well, there’s one more such session—for first-time delegates.

—Sam Hodges

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