General Conference 2008

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A petition dealing with clergy effectiveness and annual appointments are among measures considered by the 2008 United Methodist General Conference.

Assembly sets guidelines on clergy effectiveness

Bishops who question the effectiveness of a clergy person now have procedures for terminating the appointment.
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Commentary: Seeking balance at General Conference

"What we are doing... is a spiritual work," says the assembly's chief scheduler, urging the 2012 gathering to observe Sabbath.
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Bishop Gregory Palmer leads closing worship at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

General Conference acts on wide range of issues

Delegates hear memorable speeches, approve $642 million budget, and set direction on social issues and church ministries.
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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, addresses the 2008 United Methodist General Conference. Sirleaf is a United Methodist and the first female head of state in Africa.

Liberia President Sirleaf addresses United Methodists

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says her country and her church share a common commitment to end poverty.

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