Skip Navigation Links
NEWSLETTERS
- VAUMC from GC 2016 - May 20, 2016
- VAUMC from GC 2016 - May 19, 2016
- VAUMC from GC 2016 - May 18, 2016
- VAUMC from GC 2016 - May 17, 2016
- VAUMC from GC 2016 - May 14, 2016
- VAUMC from GC 2016 - May 13, 2016
- VAUMC from GC 2016 - May 12, 2016
- VAUMC from GC 2016 - May 11, 2016
- VAUMC from GC 2016 - May 5, 2016
Guide to 2016 General Conference
PHOTOS
- VAUMC at GC 2016 Photos - May 20, 2016
- VAUMC at GC 2016 Photos - May 19, 2016
- VAUMC at GC 2016 Photos - May 18, 2016
- VAUMC at GC 2016 Photos - May 17, 2016
- VAUMC at GC 2016 Photos - May 13, 2016
- VAUMC at GC 2016 Photos - May 12, 2016
- VAUMC at GC 2016 Photos - May 11, 2016
- VAUMC at GC 2016 Photos - May 10, 2016

May 20, 2016

General Conference passes $604 million general church budget
General Conference delegates on May 20 approved a general church budget of $604 million for 2017-2020. That represents a slight increase over the $603.1 million approved at the 2012 General Conference. It’s also an increase over the $599 million budget proposed to the 2016 General Conference delegates, which would have been The United Methodist Church’s lowest in 16 years and meant the lowest apportionments to conferences in just as long. More ...

Name of One Great Hour of Sharing changed to 'UMCOR Sunday'
This week, delegates to the 2016 General Conference changed the name of One Great Hour of Sharing to “UMCOR Sunday” within the denomination. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is a major United Methodist humanitarian agency that is part of the General Board of Global Ministries. It was founded more than 75 years ago. UMCOR’s work of alleviating human suffering around the world includes disaster relief and supplies, disaster risk reduction, and humanitarian development. The Special Sunday for UMCOR is observed annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Gifts to UMCOR Sunday, along with other undesignated gifts made throughout the year, cover UMCOR’s costs of doing business. It also makes it possible for UMCOR to use 100 percent of all other contributions on the projects donors specify, instead of on administrative or fundraising costs. UMCOR does not receive United Methodist World Service or apportionment funds. More ...

General Conference rejects divestment from fossil fuels companies
After prolonged, impassioned debate, General Conference 2016 chose not to add a fossil fuels investment screen for the United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits. The question came down to divestment vs. engagement as the better way to use church investments in influencing energy companies to address climate change. Ultimately, delegates voted 630-101 against amending church law to call for screening out investments in fossil fuels companies. More ...

How much will the bishops’ plan cost?
General Conference delegates, for now, are leaving questions in the church’s longtime homosexuality debate up to the bishops. But another question remains: How much will the bishops’ next steps cost? More ...

Delegates react to holding human sexuality petitions
The decision to accept the report from the Council of Bishops to refer all legislation on human sexuality to a yet-to-be named commission was met with joy and trepidation. More ...

Church ends membership in reproductive health coalition
The 2016 General Conference voted to withdraw United Methodist membership from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. The church was a founding member of the organization in 1973. More ...

GC2016: Oppose mascots that demean Native Americans
Delegates to General Conference 2016 overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on United Methodist agencies to raise awareness about the harm caused by sports teams that use mascots or symbols that disrespect Native Americans. But the petition was amended in committee, deleting language that would have called on United Methodist groups not to have meetings in cities that have sports teams with such mascots or symbols. More ...

Church ‘growth committee’ fails constitution test
The proposed establishment of a United Methodist “Standing Committee on Strategy and Growth” funded by $20 million taken from denominational coffers was ruled unconstitutional May 19 by the Judicial Council, the church’s top court. More ...

Liberian is new Judicial Council president
For the first time, a member from outside the United States has been elected president of the United Methodist Judicial Council. N. Oswald Tweh Sr., a lay member from Liberia, will lead the denomination’s top court for 2016-20. More ...

Judicial Council rules on Congo inquiry
The United Methodist Judicial Council ruled May 19 that a central conference college of bishops or executive committee cannot change the time and place of any regular sessions of a central conference once it has met for the first time. The ruling came in response to a two-part request, approved by General Conference 2016, for a declaratory decision related to the Congo Central Conference. More ...

May 19 wrap-up: New missionaries, special GC costs
A day after tabling potentially contentious legislation on human sexuality, General Conference 2016 moved through its calendar at a steady clip, possibly noticing that time to finish its task is running short. Though discussion on the difficult subject was avoided, that other difficult subject — money — had to be addressed. Would the “way forward” set the church financially backward? More ...

Follow Virginia Conference reports from General Conference
Follow Virginia Conference Communications staff coverage of General Conference on the conference website at www.vaumc.org/2016GeneralConference, the conference YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/vaumcvideos, the conference Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vaumconf, the conference Twitter feed at twitter.com/VAUMC, and the conference Instagram page at www.instagram.com/virginia_umc. To follow or participate in conversations about General Conference on social media, use hashtags #GC2016, #UMC and #VAUMC.

Follow events at General Conference on computer, phone or tablet
Even if you're not in Portland, you can follow all the action at General Conference on your computer, phone or tablet.

♦ Bookmark the website. GC2016.UMC.org is the source for everything about General Conference 2016. News, blogs, resources, videos and photos about everything happening at General Conference are available in this central location. United Methodist Communications will update this page throughout the General Conference with the latest news and daily summaries that share the highlights of each day.

♦ Watch the live stream. Whenever the conference is in session, GC2016.UMC.org will feature live streaming video where you will be able to watch the voting, worship, speeches and celebrations happening on the floor of General Conference. The feed will be available in English, French and American Sign Language. The schedule is available online, just remember all times listed are Pacific Time Zone, and you may have to adjust.

♦ Get the app. General Conference 2016 has a mobile device application available in your app store (Google Play | iTunes). News, videos, photos and daily devotions are there now, and much more will be added and updated throughout General Conference.

♦ Follow on social media. Follow UMCGeneralConference on Facebook, @UMCGC on Twitter and umcgc on Instragram for stories, photos, videos and links. Use the official hashtag of General Conference 2016, #GC2016, on any social media platform to join and follow the conversations of United Methodists all over the world. One of the easier ways to follow #GC2016 will be available at GC2016.UMC.org.

♦ Keep up with specific legislation. If you are interested in a specific piece of legislation, possibly one submitted by your congregation or annual conference, you can track it on a webpage in the General Conference section of UMC.org.


For in-depth news and features about United Methodist mission and ministry, subscribe to the Virginia United Methodist Advocate, the Virginia Conference’s award-winning monthly magazine — now available in both print and digital formats. Click here to subscribe. Or call the Communications office at 1-800-768-6040, ext. 110, or (804) 521-1110. Or e-mail Advocate@vaumc.org. For information about the Virginia Conference and resources for ministry, visit the Virginia Conference website at www.vaumc.org


 

 

 

The Cross and Flame is a registered trademark, and the use is supervised by the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of The United Methodist Church. Permission to use the Cross and Flame must be obtained from the GCFA, Attn: Legal Department, PO Box 340029, Nashville, TN 37203-0029; phone 615-369-2334; fax 615-369-2330

Background photos courtesy of VDOT.

The Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church
10330 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5606
1-800-768-6040 or (804) 521-1100
Click here for directions to the Center