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Mike DuBose from United Methodist Communications and David Stucke of the Dakotas Annual Conference capture moments digitally during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Newsroom brings General Conference’s story to the world

When the church’s top legislative body met in May, United Methodist News Service provided comprehensive coverage of their work, ensuring stories were reported quickly, objectively and thoroughly. Read More

Gathering in conferences has been the way Methodists have organized throughout our history, as evidenced by these historic minutes of a 1777 conference. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Why General Conference? History and highlights of church’s top legislative body

Its decisions have shaped the denomination's past and will lead us into the future. Learn about this integral part of United Methodist culture and history. Read More

Signs in the Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

Attending General Conference 2016: What you need to know

How to access WiFi, transportation in downtown Portland, information on language translations, security and more. Read More

Members of the technology team prepare to send equipment to Portland for the 2016 General Conference. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Staying connected at General Conference

The technology team at United Methodist Communications is preparing for an estimated 4,000-5,000 wireless devices at General Conference. Read More

Brick by Brick

Building better communications brick by brick

General Conference attendees are invited to come by the United Methodist Communications booth to learn more about how to build their church’s communications ministry. Read More

Production truck at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Lights, camera, action - what it takes to produce General Conference

When United Methodist Communications' production team enters Oregon Convention Center, it will be completely empty. They have 6 days to transform it into a General Conference-ready facility. Read More

Diane, Rachel, Joe, Judi and Connor Kenaston. Photo courtesy the Kenastons, for United Methodist Communications.

Blogging General Conference: How to create and connect

The Chair of the Commission on General Conference, Judi Kenaston, and her family blogged during the 2012 session. They share ideas to inspire delegates to start their own blogs. Read More

Want to learn about General Conference 2016? We’ve got you covered!

United Methodist Communications has easy-to-use resources to help you understand General Conference and the issues facing the 2106 session. Here's a short list of links. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Grant Hagiya welcomes participants to the Pre-General Conference Briefing in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Preparing for General Conference: Understanding the issues

Two new resources from United Methodist Communications outline important topics that will be part of the conference, including details about legislation and its impact on The United Methodist Church connection. Read More

Delegates consider legislation during the United Methodist Church's 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh. Photo by John C. Goodwin, UMNS, illustration by United Methodist Communications.

Free online course helps engage more people with General Conference

Learn more about the official decision-making body of The United Methodist Church and explore many of the aspects of GC 2016 in free online class. Read More

A local reporter covers a 2015 Rethink Church event at Monte Sano United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Alabama.

Working with local media during General Conference

Are you attending General Conference? As GC2016 draws close, opportunities to tell the church’s story show how we as a denomination and citizens of the world make decisions together. Read More

Mobile phones make it easy to tweet and share comments and photos. Pictured: Bishop Elias Galvin from Scottsdale, Arizona, and Tweedy Sombrero from Trinity United Methodist Church in Yuma, Arizona, view a photograph taken by Anne Marshall from the Connectional Table using a cell phone. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Twitter adds value to General Conference experience

Twitter creates new connectional opportunities for United Methodists around the world during General Conference. Read More

Stained glass window of the Holy Spirit as a dove from the Church of the Atonement in Crooksville, Ohio. Photo by Nheyob, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

General Conference prayer observance

A 131-day prayer observance for General Conference 2016 began December 31. Find out how you can support delegates and church leaders as they prepare. Read More

The Rev. Janet Gollery McKeithen of Santa Monica, California, uses her iPad to catch the action on the floor at the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Photography tips for General Conference delegates

Headed to General Conference 2016? No matter what your device, we have tips for taking great pics. Read More

Instagram tips for General Conference delegates

Share your experience at General Conference with those who can’t be there. Free mobile app lets you share photos and videos easily. Find easy-to-follow instructions for great results. Read More

A smart phone displays the logo “Therefore Go” used for the United Methodist General Conference 2016. The headphones and app will provide a “hearing hotspot” for translation into different languages. Photo by Greg Nelson, United Methodist Communications. Cropped from original.

Technology bridges languages at 2016 General Conference

To ensure that language differences are dealt with as fairly as possible, “Bring Your Own Device” technology will provide translations at 2016 General Conference. Read More

The Rev. Eradio Valverde, Jr. from the Southwest Texas Annual (regional) Conference multi-tasks while listening to the May 4 plenary session at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

A view from the floor: Delegate blogging

"What we found in 2008 and 2012 was the conference had a real desire to understand what the delegation itself was feeling and experiencing.” Find helpful tips for blogging about GC 2016. Read More

Members of the Virginia delegation huddle to discuss possible next steps after the United Methodist Judicial Council ruled the proposed

Four easy ways to connect your local church to General Conference

General Conference delegates will connect with United Methodists from around the world. So, how can delegates make folks at home a part of GC2016? Find tips for sharing your experience. Read More