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About General Conference

General Conference is The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body and gathers every four years.

The General Conference took place April 24-May 4, 2012, in Tampa, Florida. Nine hundred and eighty-eight delegates from around the world set policy and direction for the church, and handled other business.

The next General Conference will take place May 10-20, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. More information at

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A River of Mission Ministries in Tampa
General Conference celebrated the mission outreach of the church in a Sunday evening plenary highlighting 13 agencies, programs, and special initiatives.
Rally Highlights: Private Prison Detention
Coinciding with a rally to end increased detention-for-profit policies, UMW members descended on General Conference to declare Saturday, April 28, 2012 “United Methodist Women Day.”
We Have a River
Mission Musings blog: "That is how I think of mission: a rolling river coursing through the bloodstream of humanity and all creation."
Missionaries Tell their Stories
"Missionaries are the ligaments that provide the connections that draw other people and other parts of the church together," said the Rev. Skip Hodges.
Act of Repentance
Act of Repentance for Church's Past Wrongs
Missionary Donna Chatt Pewo prays that United Methodist repentance for past injustice to Native Americans will open doors for her ministry among Arapaho and Cheyenne children.
Tears and Other Acts of Repentance
At a dinner last night (April 26) hosted by the Native American Comprehensive plan, more than 50 people gathered from about 20 different tribal groups.
Why Are We Counting Firsts in 2012?
It is very difficult for white Americans of European descent to understand what life has been like for the first peoples in their own land.
“Signs” of Life in Lay Ministries
The ministry of the laity moves front and center at the 2012 General Conference when cameras zoom in on the four women interpreting the proceedings in American Sign Language (ASL).
Parish nurse Susie Maridon-Crites
Taking Pressure at General Conference
A total of 35 parish nurses from the Tampa area are taking the pressure off hundreds of delegates, observers, and staff attending the 2012 General Conference.
General Conference 2012 News
A 21st Century Approach to Mission
Imagine No Malaria models a 21st-century approach to mission, one built on partnership and capacity building.
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