2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church


The 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church will be held on May 10-20, 2016 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. The General Conference is the top legislative body of The United Methodist Church and meets once every four years to review and revise the doctrines and policies of the denomination. The United Methodist Reporter will be in Portland and this page is the source for all news and commentary related to 2016 General Conference.

General Conference approves $604 million budget

Portland, OR -- After a long session of conversation, debate, and even a little laughter, the General Conference of the ...
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Attendees vote to allow an unscheduled announcement from Bishop Bruce Ough, from the Dakotas-Minnesota church district and president of the Methodist Council of Bishops, concerning the stance of the Methodist church on LGBT rights during the United Methodist Church General Conference in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, May 17, 2016. The church currently bans same-sex marriages and the ordination of clergy who live openly with same-sex partners.

Recently Read: The divided Methodist Church

This piece from The Atlantic captures the nuances of the debate within The United Methodist Church regarding human sexuality. It ...
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Agenda Committee facilitates flow of the General Conference

Portland, OR -- It's 6:30 in the morning and the halls of the Oregon Convention Center are for the most part ...
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UMReporter Roundtable #9 (5/20/2016)

Better late than never. Charles Harrison and the normal gang talk about Thursday, May 19 at the 2016 General Conference ...
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Commentary: A little good news

By Rev. Laura Easto* Eight years ago the United Methodist Church accepted the challenge to eradicate malaria around the world ...
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General Conference votes to withdraw from Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

By Jessica Brodie, special contributor PORTLAND, Ore.—General Conference voted May 19 that two United Methodist entities withdraw immediately from membership ...
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UMR Interview: A view from the chair…one bishop’s perspective

The 2004 United Methodist General Conference meeting in Pittsburgh was in turmoil. The conference had seen protests over issues around ...
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Sent out: Thursday morning worship at General Conference

If worshippers didn’t already know that the world is a tough place for millions of people, they certainly did after ...
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GC Shorts: A Silent Menace

Editor's note -- There is a time during the General Conference humor takes a strange turn... Watch this video at ...
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Words from a Bishop: We are all holy and beloved

 Holy. Beloved. Valuable. These are the words Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball wants delegates to remember about themselves as they enter ...
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