General Conference 2016
The 2016 General Conference, the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church, met from May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon; 864 clergy and lay delegates from around the world gathered for worship, celebrations, and reports, and to make key decisions about the future of the denomination.
Here is all of the coverage from the 10-day gathering, including news about decisions and actions, feature stories about Minnesotans at General Conference, photos and videos, and reflections from the Minnesota delegation.
Minnesota United Methodist news (latest at top):
Wrap-up: 14 highlights from General Conference
Bishop Ough: 'Go where the wounds are'
Minnesota, Dakotas observe, prepare to host GC2020
2016 is 10th General Conference for Naomi Bartle
Rev. Daniel Yang commissioned as missionary, headed to Laos
Delegates accept bishops’ recommendation to delay human sexuality debate, create commission
Bishop Ough: 4 thoughts on unity, trust, connection, and context
Council of Bishops gives recommendation on way forward (presented by Bishop Ough)
Bishop Ough: 'Call us back to be your flock together'
Bishop Ough: 5 thoughts on unity amid division and talk of split
Minnesotan Kim Harris consecrated as deaconess
Delegates reflect on first week of General Conference
Bishop Ough receives gavel, becomes Council of Bishops president
3 MN pastors come to General Conference to advocate, serve
Kathi Austin Mahle seeks seeks re-election on Judicial Council, reflects on first term
Marj Evans-de-Carpio combines two passions as GC interpreter
Reflections from Minnesota delegation:
Rev. Jeff Ozanne: We are at our best together
Sara Swenson: If we...then...
Dave Nuckols: Growing pains as a global church
Walker Brault: A denomination of doers
Karen Thompson: God moments
Rev. David Bard: Sustained by the Spirit through friends, worship, prayer
Rev. Paula Colton: Changing our story
Rev. Woojae Im: We will get there
Rev. Jeff Ozanne: Filled with hope
Rev. Carol Zaagsma: 'Going and doing' is strength and challenge
Reflections from Director of Ministries Cindy Gregorson:
Goodbye Portland, hello Minneapolis
The hard work of diversity
Telling our story before taking a stand
What gives me hope today
Leadership and legislation
Portland: Keep it weird
What are we doing here?
What kind of church will we be for this child?
Creating an environment where people can be their best
VIDEO: Reflections on General Conference 2016 (featuring two MN delegates)
Photos: Minnesota United Methodists
Photos: Minnesota-Dakotas dinner
Photos: General (in albums by day)
Video and audio
Friday, May 20 wrap-up: Budget approved; no fossil fuels, illegal settlements divestment
Thursday, May 19 wrap-up: Votes on reproductive choice, mission statement, respect for Native Americans
Wednesday, May 18 wrap-up: Sexuality dominates, INM celebration, lamenting Sand Creek
Tuesday, May 17 wrap-up: Bishops asked to find way forward, new hymnals, no term limits
Monday, May 16 wrap-up: Key votes, Black Lives matter protest, elections, celebrations
Two ambassadors of God's love share young people's address
Delegates, supporters stand with LGBTQ people
Bishop Dyck: 'Go and learn mercy'
What can churchgoers do together?
Laity urged to share Jesus with the world
Immigration rally calls for end to deportations
GC2016 delegates say no to Rule 44
Bishop Alsted calls for humble submission
Bumpy start to General Conference 2016
Prayers, paper lanters at climate vigil
UMW Day: water and witness
Leaders hope Christian conferencing will set tone
Local pastors in background at General Conference
General Conference 2016 officially begins
Bishop Palmer's episcopal address: Trust God's promise and go forth