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

Being difference-makers

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

Week two:

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

Week one:


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


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