2016 General Conference News

'A Critical Moment for the Bishops' to speak'

'A Critical Moment for the Bishops' to speak'

5/20/2016

“I think we saw this as a historic moment and a critical moment for the bishops to speak to the church and to the world and to our General Conference,” says Bishop Julius Trimble of the request that came from the plenary floor of the General Conference asking the Council of Bishops to offer a statement about leadership, unity, and the future of the...


GC2016: Connectional Church Raised Me

GC2016: Connectional Church Raised Me

5/17/2016

“I am in Portland because I believe God has called me for this time,” asserts Lindsay Drake, who is a second reserve lay member of the Iowa delegation to the General Conference and one of the younger people at the conference. “We may be the minority here, but we are well represented and we all have a voice. I am encouraged by the number of young ...


GC2016: Technology Helps 'Extravagant Hospitality'

GC2016: Technology Helps 'Extravagant Hospitality'

5/7/2016

“We wanted to make sure our local host teams were able to give people the answer right off the bat when they had a question – and that also means talking to them in a different language,” says Greg Nelson, Director of Communications for the Oregon-Idaho Conference, discussing how volunteer teams at the General Conference, beginning in Portland on ...


Diane Wasson Eberhart Reflects on the General Conference

4/4/2016

A full Deacon serving at Walnut Hills UMC, Diane Wasson Eberhart is an experienced clergy member of the Iowa Conference delegation to the 2016 General Conference, coming up in Portland, Oregon from May 10-20. Although she says that having been to the conference previously makes her a little bit more knowledgeable, that doesn’t necessarily make it ...


McRoberts Invites Iowa UMs to Hold General Conference Delegation in Prayer

4/4/2016

Rev. Sean McRoberts is the first alternate clergy delegate for the Iowa Conference to the 2016 General Conference, which is coming up this May in Portland. Though he has visited several General Conferences in the past, this will be his first time there as a part of a delegation, and there is a great deal to be done beforehand. “There’s a lot of ...


Tritle endorsed as candidate for Bishop

Tritle endorsed as candidate for Bishop

3/21/2016

The General and Jurisdictional Conference delegation endorsed Rev. Dr. Barrie Tritle to be their episcopacy candidate. The lay and clergy who are representing the Iowa Conference voted at their meeting on Saturday, March 19 to support him for Bishop at the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference, set for July 13-16 in Peoria, Illinois. There ...


'Careful listening' key for John Rothlisberger

'Careful listening' key for John Rothlisberger

2/3/2016

“When I submitted my name, I wasn’t at all confident that it was even really a possibility. That’s why I think I was a little bit surprised when I wound up being selected at Annual Conference last year,” says John Rothlisberger, a first-time lay delegate from Iowa to the 2016 General Conference. “But I came to realize maybe there is a reason for me...


Dawson looks to 'See the Global Church in action'

Dawson looks to 'See the Global Church in action'

2/3/2016

Rev. Katie Dawson, a member of the delegation to the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon, is honored to have been re-elected by her fellow clergy to represent Iowa. She is also cognizant and appreciative of the fact that the first two clergy delegates to be re-elected were in fact both women. “And we represent diversity in age and in ...


Looking ahead to the General Conference

Looking ahead to the General Conference

2/3/2016

“At the heart of General Conference, our purpose is to continue to discuss the mission and ministry of the church moving forward, to assess some of the things that we’ve been about in the previous four years, and to identify what we’re going to do for the next four,” explains Phil Carver. Click here to listen to the conversation with Phil For ...


New conversation plan for General Conference

New conversation plan for General Conference

5/3/2015

Portland, Ore.: The Commission on the General Conference gave the go-ahead for an alternative process of discernment for dealing with legislative petitions that may benefit from discussion in small groups.  The process would have to be voted on and approved by delegates at the 2016 General Conference in order to take effect. The Commission plans ...


Sending petitions General Conference & more

Sending petitions General Conference & more

4/16/2015

General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. The assembly meets once every four years to consider revisions to church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church wide programs for the next four years. The 2016 meeting...