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May 18, 2016

General Conference accepts Council of Bishops offer of 'A Way Forward'
By a vote of 428 to 405, General Conference delegates accepted a  Council of Bishops' recommendation for "A Way Forward" that deferred all votes on human sexuality and referred the entire subject to a special commission, to be named by the Council of Bishops, for examination and possible revision of every paragraph in the Book of Discipline regarding human sexuality. The vote accepting the proposal came after the body voted 393 to 438 against a motion by the Rev. Adam Hamilton that included the basics of the Council of Bishops' proposal and included holding a special General Conference in 2018. The Council of Bishops' statement mentioned the "possibility" of a called General Conference in 2018 or 2019.

Council of Bishops issue 'A Way Forward' proposal to General Conference
In response to a General Conference vote asking the Council of Bishops to lead the church out of the “painful condition” it is in, Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the Council of Bishops, offered "A way forward" to General Conference during the Wednesday, May 18, morning plenary session. More ...

Martha Stokes blogs about 'a pivotal day in the life of the UMC'
In a blog called "What will tomorrow bring?" Martha Stokes reflects on what she expects to be "a pivotal day in the life of our United Methodist Church." More ...

General Conference celebrates success of Imagine No Malaria
Celebrating the success of the Imagine No Malaria initiative, launched in 2008, speakers, singers and dancers offered even more for United Methodists attending General Conference 2016 to imagine – Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children. More ...

Term limits for bishops fails to get required 2/3 majority support
Term limits for United Methodist bishops got strong support in a vote at General Conference 2016, but fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to change the church constitution. More ...

New Internet-based hymnal approved
The United Methodist Church is on track to get its first new hymnal since 1989, and this one will be Internet-cloud based and print-on-demand — the first high-tech hymnal for a mainline denomination. More ...

Shenandoah University student blogs about General Conference
Conference videographer Nick Ruxton turned his blog, "Through the Lens," over to Meghan Clouspy, a rising senior at Shenandoah University majoring in Exercise Science. She is a student in the Faith Seeking Justice program. As part of that program, she is attending her first United Methodist General Conference. After watching General Conference proceedings, she wonders why delegates are ignoring John Wesley's "Three Simple Rules." More ...

Judicial Council rules mandatory penalties unconstitutional
Imposing a mandatory penalty during the “just resolution” process for a clergyperson admitting to committing a chargeable offense is unconstitutional, The United Methodist Church’s top court has ruled. Decision 1318 from Judicial Council came after a referral May 17 from the Judicial Administration Legislative Committee of General Conference 2016 regarding its adoption of three petitions on “just resolution” that would amend Paragraphs 363.1, 2701.5 and 2706.5c3 in the Book of Discipline. Each petition requires that any clergyperson under complaint who admits to a chargeable offense during the just resolution process with his or her bishop would receive a mandatory penalty of at least one year’s suspension without pay. The penalty would be applied to any judicial complaint listed in Paragraph 2702.1. More ...

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♦ 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.

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