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May 12, 2016

Madeline Pillow blogs about her impressions of General Conference
Saying that she was "amazed and warmed" during opening worship at General Conference, Advocate Editor Madeline Pillow blogs about her first involvement with our diverse, global United Methodist Church. Read "Pillow Talk," Madeline's blog, at

Two former Virginia Conference bishops advise presiding officer
Two former leaders of the Virginia Conference, Bishop Charlene Kammerer and Bishop Joe Pennel, served as parliamentarian advisers to Bishop Hope Morgan Ward who was presiding officer for the Thursday, May 12, morning plenary session.

Meredith McNabb reflects on role leading worship at General Conference
In a short video, the Rev. Meredith McNabb, Virginia Conference director of the Center for Clergy Excellence and clergy delegate to General Conference, reflects on her role leading worship on day two of the denomination's legislative assembly. McNabb is interviewed by Madeline Pillow, Advocate editor and conference News Associate. The video is produced by Nick Ruxton, conference videographer, and is posted on the conference website at, on the conference YouTube channel at and on the conference Facebook page at

Bishop Cho leads closing devotions for legislative committee
Bishop Young Jin Cho led the closing devotion for the Conferences legislative committee when it concluded its business on Thursday, May 12, and will lead devotions again tomorrow, May 13, at the end of the committee's day of work.

St. Luke's UMC, Yorktown, made paper lanterns for GC Climate Vigil
One of the women's fellowship circles at St. Luke's UMC in Yorktown made some of the paper lanterns lit by small LED lights for the General Conference Climate Vigil scheduled for Thursday evening, May 12, outside of the Oregon Convention Center. The climate vigil was to be a witness to the UMC General Conference that the earth needs not only our prayers but also our actions. The schedule included prayers from United Methodists who grieve the ways climate change is already impacting creation, and who yearn to protect all of God’s good earth from its worst impacts.

John Copenhaver publishes open letter to General Conference delegates
Dr. John D. Copenhaver Jr., Professor Emeritus of Religion and Philosophy at Shenandoah University and a member of The Clergy Letter Project, published an open letter to moderate and centrist delegates to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference calling on delegates to recognize that it is time for justice, inclusion and reconciliation for LGBTQ members. The letter was printed in The Huffington Post and was reported by The United Methodist Reporter. Copenhaver, a retired United Methodist elder in the Virginia Conference, was suspended from ministry for three months in 2015 for officiating at a same-sex wedding of two friends. More ...

Delegates focus on Christian conferencing
General Conference delegates spent two hours on May 11 on Christian Conferencing, the practice of engaging in respectful and honest conversations. Leaders expressed hope that the session will set the tone as legislative committees begin meeting. More ...

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Follow Virginia Conference Communications staff coverage of General Conference on the conference website at, the conference YouTube channel at, the conference Facebook page at, the conference Twitter feed at, and the conference Instagram page at To follow or participate in conversations about General Conference on social media, use hashtags #UMCGC, #UMC and #VAUMC.

Follow events at General Conference on computer, phone or tablet
Even if you're not in Portland, you can follow all the action at General Conference on your computer, phone or tablet.

♦ Bookmark the website. 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, 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.

♦ Get the app. General Conference 2016 has a mobile device application available in your app store (Google Play | iTunes). News, videos, photos and daily devotions are there now, and much more will be added and updated throughout General Conference.

♦ Follow on social media. Follow UMCGeneralConference on Facebook, @UMCGC on Twitter and umcgc on Instragram for stories, photos, videos and links. Use the official hashtag of General Conference 2016, #UMCGC, on any social media platform to join and follow the conversations of United Methodists all over the world. One of the easier ways to follow #UMCGC will be available at

♦ Keep up with specific legislation. If you are interested in a specific piece of legislation, possibly one submitted by your congregation or annual conference, you can track it on a webpage in the General Conference section of

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