General Conference News – May 2, 2024

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General Conference – May 2

Translators bridge language gaps at General Conference

Donald Reasoner is the coordinator of translations at General Conference, and an active member of Grace UMC Harrisburg. His wife Christie is also at General Conference writing for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.

There are more than 760 United Methodist Church delegates from across the globe, gathered April 23-May 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina, to determine the denomination’s future, and many identify with different “international” languages, depending on their nationality.

English, French, Portuguese and Kiswahili speakers dominate the auditorium, and it was up to dedicated translators, numbering about 180 during the first week, to ensure they understood each other to contribute meaningfully to conversations.



The list of members for the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters, including Rev. Dr. Gary Weaver, was affirmed today at General Conference



Church ends 52-year-old anti-gay stance

General Conference delegates supported a revision of the Social Principles that deletes the phrase “the practice of homosexuality… is incompatible with Christian teaching.”

The 1972 General Conference added the phrase to The United Methodist Church’s Social Principles, and it has been a source of conflict in the decades since.

Related: Marriage decision sparks protest, celebration




Deacons can now preside at sacraments in their appointments

Deacons can now preside at the sacraments in their appointments without needing explicit permission from their bishop.

This means deacons can now offer Holy Communion and conduct baptisms where they have been appointed to serve, whether that is a church, outreach ministry or mission.




Get out of silos and break down walls, bishop says

Bishop Ruby-Nell M. Estrella, Manila Episcopal Area, preached during May 2 morning worship at the United Methodist General Conference in Charlotte, N.C.

The service also marked the commissioning of 16 Global Ministries missionaries.




Daily Summary: May 2

• The United Methodist Church’s top court released two decisions related to bishops. One decision struck down a petition that General Conference passed earlier this week on retired bishops’ travel expenses. The other ruling dealt with the retirement of central conference bishops.

• The Korean Association of The United Methodist Church announced a bold commitment to adopt and support 140 global missionaries through the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries with at least $100 per month per missionary for at least three years, including the 16 newly commissioned during General Conference on May 2.

• A center devoted to the heritage of LGBTQ United Methodists will open at the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, located at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. The center was announced May 2 during a General Conference press conference by Ashley Boggan D., the top executive at Archives and History.

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