- Wrap up: 2004 General Conference
- Friday wrap up
In their final day of deliberation, delegates to the United Methodist General Conference voted on legislation ranging from the denominationwide budget to the conflict in the Sudan to a declaration on unity.
- Delegates approve document on Holy Communion
What do United Methodists want from Holy Communion? The answer to that question, and to many others about the ritual and theology of Holy Communion, is found in “This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion,” approved May 7 as the denomination’s official, interpretive statement on the sacrament.
- United Methodists set four-year budget
Delegates to the United Methodist General Conference engaged in several parliamentary gymnastic maneuvers before they finally approved the four-year, $612.5 million budget proposed by the denomination’s fiscal agency.
- Bishop Calls Life a Song ‘Waiting to Be Sung’
Bishop Rhymes H. Moncure, Jr. took a little liberty with the lyrics of a Jim Forbes’ song to communicate the idea that people’s lives are like songs waiting to be sung.
- Delegates approve new clergy pension plan
United Methodist clergy now have a new pension program. Delegates to the 2004 General Conference voted the program to provide “the denomination with the best practices of major corporations” by combining the characteristics of a defined benefit and a defined contribution plan.
- Clergy granted decision whether to report child abuse confessions
Clergy will be allowed to “listen to their own conscience” in deciding whether or not to report a case of suspected child abuse or neglect, according to action taken May 7 at the 2004 General Conference.
- Cote d’Ivoire denomination joins United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church today grew by about 1 million members.
- Video Brief: Food of Fellowship
Sweet tradition of General Conference
- United Methodist Church affirms its Unity Resolution
United Methodist delegates to 2004 General Conference stood, joined hands and sang the hymn “Blest Be The Tie That Binds” before approving a resolution affirming the unity of the church.
- 2008 General Conference will feature youth address
The value of the voices of youth and young adults was affirmed when the 2004 General Conference voted overwhelmingly to add an address by a young person to the agenda for the 2008 General Conference.
- United Methodists remember victims in Sudan, advocate aid
The United Methodist Church’s legislative assembly paused in the course of a busy session to pray and pass a resolution expressing concern for 5 million displaced people in Sudan.
- United Methodist Church supports reparations for African Americans
Delegates to the top legislative assembly of the United Methodist Church voted to support a study of reparations for African Americans and to petition the vice president and House of Representatives to support the passage and signing of House Resolution 40.
- Judicial Council defers decisions, elects new officers
The top judicial body of the United Methodist Church has deferred two requests for declaratory decisions at General Conference until its fall meeting.
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8:00 a.m. - Choral Music and morning worship service (Audio & Video)
9:00 a.m. - Morning plenary session (Audio )
2:30 p.m. - Afternoon plenary session (Audio)
7:30 p.m. - Evening plenary session (Audio)