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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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General Conference Recognizes Provisional Units
The General Conference of The United Methodist Church regularized the seating of delegates from a dozen "provisional" annual (regional) conferences.
 Antony Beugre of Côte d'Ivoire listens to French translation
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.
Betty Spiwe Katiyo of Zimbabwe
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.
Krin Ali, Denver, Colo., gives a part of the Young People's Address
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.
Bishop Ough
Bishop Urges Church to Embrace God's Unlimited Imagination
Just weeks before General Conference, directors of the General Board of Global Ministries were challenged to "leave the upper room" and embrace God's call to create missional congregations.
Toward Greater Interaction with Church in Cuba
January 20, 2011, New York, NY--The General Board of Global Ministries welcomes the announcement that the United States intends to make possible an increase in certain religious travel to Cuba and to ...
International Aid Specialist Urges Church to Keep Focused on Ministry with the Poor
New York, NY, January 25, 2011--An international aid specialist urged United Methodists not to slack off or give in to the "sin of despair" in the church's essential, ongoing work to conquer poverty.
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