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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 umc.org.

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The General Conference of The United Methodist Church regularized the seating of delegates from a dozen "provisional" annual (regional) conferences.
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Speaking in Many Different Tongues
There are seven official languages for this year’s conference. About 140 experienced translators will interpret for the 450 delegates from the central conferences.
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Laity Holds Key to Church's Mission
Three lay speakers, including the first from Africa, expressed the critical role laity must play to fulfill the mission of The United Methodist Church.
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Disciples of Jesus Christ: Young People's Address
The Young People's address at General Conference was given by Krin Ali from the Rocky Mountain Conference and Joy Eva Bohol from Cebu, Philippines, Visayas Conference.
Bishop Peter Weaver
"Do Everything as in the Presence of God"
"Do everything as in the immediate presence of God," was the advice given to the delegates meeting in Tampa, to conduct the business and future of The United Methodist Church.
Marcus Briggs-Cloud
UM Conference Opens with Mission Themes
The call of Jesus to disciples and the sending of his followers into the world with the message of God's love were major themes in a worship opening the 2012 General Conference.
Bishop Ivan Abrahams
Lighten the Burden, Stand Firm in Faith
Dr. Donald Messer, chair of the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, opened the Lighten the Burden event in Tampa, Florida, with dire statistics about HIV/AIDS in the world.
Rev. Yinisi Kulanga
The United Methodist Church in Tanzania
Global Ministries missionaries to Tanzania Rev. Umba Llunga Kalangwa, Ngoy Mulunga Kalangwa, the Rev. Mutwali Wa Mushidi, and Kabaka Ndala Alphonsine are delegates to the 2012 General Conference.
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Will We Catch on Fire or Tear Each Other Down?
Will folks gather in Tampa and watch us catch on fire with the Spirit's enthusiasm? Or will they witness us tearing each other down?
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Tampa Event Geared to Immigrant Detention
A rally to protest the growing private prison industry in the US, especially the use of such facilities to incarcerate immigrants, is set for Tampa, during the 2012 General Conference.
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