General/Jurisdictional Conference

General Conference, Here We Come!

Bonnie McOmber


Writing less than two weeks from the start of General Conference, reserve delegate Bonnie McOmber says it's time!

Leap Year, Olympics, Elections...and GC

Mark Bateman


As a self-confessed "Legislative Geek," Mark Bateman is in an excellent position to help the team analyze the proposals and prepare for the debate (or will it be discernment?) around the structure of The United Methodist Church.

Learning to Ski in Tampa

John Go


From sausages to skiing, the metaphors for General Conference are plentiful! Find out why the upcoming event in hot & sunny Tampa reminds John Go of learning to ski.

Sausage, Conference and Hope

Clay Andrew


What does sausage-making have to do with United Methodism? Clay Andrew, first reserve clergy delegate to General Conference, explores the similarities.

Walking with the World at General Conference

Jan Nelson


Lay Delegate Jan Nelson, who will be attending her third General Conference session, is on a journey to create a church that is truly global and inclusive--and she's learned some valuable insights along the way.

Making Things Work...

Donna Prichard


Donna Pritchard writes that it's in our DNA as Methodists to want to make things work, and she shares her hope that we will find new opportunities to make things work at General Conference and beyond.

GC: Surprise & Gratitude Plus Reading, Reading, Reading

Vincent Myers


The youngest member of the OR-ID delegation demonstrates his commitment to the hard work of General Conference preparation--and reflects on his own hopes for the global church.

General Conference Excitement!

Norm Dyer


The UMC's Connectional Table and its Interim Operations Team have presented a restructuring proposal for The UMC that is certain to be one of the most controversial topics at General Conference. Reserve Delegate Norm Dyer offers his opinion on the proposed Center on Connectional Mission and Ministry.

One Adult Sunday School Class Makes It to General Conference...

April Hall Cutting


April Hall Cutting marvels at the process that allows one tiny church to offer its voice for justice at the global gathering that is the General Conference of The United Methodist Church.

The Journey to General Conference

Laura Jaquith Bartlett


What do Lent and General Conference have in common? Laura Jaquith Bartlett, head of the Oregon-Idaho delegation, ponders the connections in the first of a regular series of GC blogs from OR-ID team members.

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