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A General Conference primer

Learn what General Conference is, how it works and who participates in this short introductory guide.

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The caption for the attached photo is: Bishop Kenneth H. Carter gives the sermon and benediction during opening worship for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

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United Methodist News Hosts Pre-General Conference Briefing

The Jan. 23-24 briefing aims to help delegates, communicators, agency and annual conference staff prepare for General Conference on May 5-15, 2020.

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The opening day of the special session of the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Pre-General Conference Briefing

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Delegates Jorge Lockward and the Rev. Beth Ann Cook embrace during the closing moments of the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. The two had previously spoken on opposite sides in a debate over possible church exit plans. U.S. conferences are calculating how much a church must pay if it leaves under legislation General Conference approved. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.


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Bishops confer over the issue of whether the legislative committee can refer items to the denomination's Judicial Council for review during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Clockwise from lower left are Bishops Thomas Bickerton, John Schol, David Bard, Julius C. Trimble and Cynthia Fierro Harvey. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.


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Delegate Gail Douglas-Boykin from the New York Conference speaks during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 25. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.


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