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May 19, 2016

General Conference hashtag for social media changed to #GC2016
Some offensive content was found on Twitter with the hashtag #UMCGC, the hashtag that had been designated for those following discussions about the United Methodist 2016 General Conference. Because of this, the official hashtag for 2016 General Conference conversations has been changed to #GC2016.

Tom Berlin, Mike McCurry write guest editorial for Washington Post
The Rev. Tom Berlin, senior pastor of Floris UMC in Herndon and a clergy delegate to General Conference, and Mike McCurry, White House press secretary under President Bill Clinton and General Conference delegate in 2004 and 2008 who teaches at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., jointly wrote a guest editorial that appeared in the May 19 issue of the Washington Post. Titled "Americans are more polarized than ever. We United Methodists don’t want to be," the editorial said that despite deep differences over gay marriage and ordination of gay and lesbian people, United Methodists are working hard to stay united while searching for solutions. "In an ever-more-polarized society, the United Methodist Church this week has tried to model an approach to disagreement that the U.S. political system would do well to emulate," Berlin and McCurry wrote. More ...

Bishop Young Jin Cho recognized in retirement ceremony
Virginia Conference Bishop Young Jin Cho was among bishops from across the United Methodist connection who were recognized at General Conference on Thursday, May 19, because they will be retiring from active ministry as of Sept. 1 of this year.

Amy Purdom commissioned as Church and Community Worker
In a Service of Commissioning held Thursday, May 19, at General Conference, Amy Purdom, a member of Epworth United Methodist Church in Selma, Va., was commissioned as a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as a Church and Community Worker. She is assigned as mentoring program coordinator at the House of the Carpenter in Wheeling, W.Va.

Keith Elgin Band plays at General Conference lunch break
The Keith Elgin Band from The Vine United Methodist Church in Dunn Loring, Va., entertained delegates and visitors to General Conference in the Exhibits Area during the lunch break on Thursday, May 19.

May 18 wrap-up: Sexuality dominates debate in unexpected ways
Last week it was debating how to debate. Today, it was voting on whether to vote. A day of tension, frustration and confusion ended in a decision to “put a pin in it.” Delegates to General Conference 2016 spent most of the day deciding whether to move forward on dozens of petitions regarding the denomination’s stance on human sexuality, or whether to refer that difficult subject to a special commission to be appointed by the Council of Bishops. They referred. More ...

Follow Virginia Conference reports from General Conference
Follow Virginia Conference Communications staff coverage of General Conference on the conference website at www.vaumc.org/2016GeneralConference, the conference YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/vaumcvideos, the conference Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vaumconf, the conference Twitter feed at twitter.com/VAUMC, and the conference Instagram page at www.instagram.com/virginia_umc. To follow or participate in conversations about General Conference on social media, use hashtags #GC2016, #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. GC2016.UMC.org 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, GC2016.UMC.org 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, #GC2016, 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 #GC2016 will be available at GC2016.UMC.org.

♦ 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 UMC.org.


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