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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.

General Conference is the only entity that speaks for The United Methodist Church.

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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.
Four Areas of Focus during the 2012
Critical Issues at General Conference
"When we were baptized, we were baptized into ministry with the poor," retired Bishop Joel Martínez reminded delegates to the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Erin Hawkins, General Secretary of the Commission on Religion and Race
Pre-General Conference Briefing
More than 500 people packed a ballroom of the Tampa Convention Center in Florida for a pre-conference briefing for delegates to the 2012 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, April 24.
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