Advisory: General Conference guide available for reporters

The General Conference Media Guide 2004 has been revised and is available online for reporters and other communicators covering the United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly.

The guide, provided by United Methodist News Service, provides information on covering General Conference, how the assembly works and key issues the delegates will be addressing.

An overview of the General Conference Newsroom offers details on the services being provided to help journalists at the event. The newsroom's phone number, for working press only, will be (412) 325-6080 throughout the April 27-May 7 assembly.

In addition, the guide includes a primer on the United Methodist Church, with information on how the denomination is structured, its history and a statistical profile.

The guide is available by going to www.gc2004.org and clicking on "Communication Resources." Journalists can also find information on getting press credentials and housing at that link.

General Conference is the only body that speaks for the 10 million-member global church. The 998 delegates gathering at Pittsburgh's David L. Lawrence Convention Center will revise the church's Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions and set direction for the denomination for the next four years.

News media can contact Tim Tanton at (615)742-5470 Nashville, Tenn or newsdesk@umcom.org.

Sign up for our newsletter!

umnews-subscriptions
General Conference
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter speaks during an oral hearing before the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Evanston, Ill. Carter is president of the denomination's Council of Bishops. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Church exit plan already in effect, court says

But the United Methodist Judicial Council has no ruling on Traditional Plan questions from bishops.
General Conference
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, discusses his ideas for the interim time as the church works toward its future. He proposes a moratorium on the complaint process related to LGBTQ infractions alongside a loosening of the trust clause. Video image courtesy of UM News.

Bishop suggests hold on trials, trust clause

The Council of Bishops president proposes coupling a pause in church trials related to LGBTQ restrictions and a relaxation of the denomination’s trust clause.
General Church
United Methodist Judicial Council member Warren Plowden (left) asks a question about the investigation of improper voting during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference. He was questioning Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, president of the denomination's Council of Bishops, and William Waddell, the council's legal advisor, during an oral hearing at the Judicial Council meeting in Evanston, Ill. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Top court raises questions at lively oral hearing

Judicial Council members wonder about authority, lack of documentation over ruling request on improper voting.