General Conference 2016 Opens with Worship and Debate over Rules

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr. helps lead opening worship at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr. helps lead opening worship at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore

The opening day of General Conference 2016 went well into the evening as delegates debated the use of technology and the rules of the conference. But first, the conference was opened with multi-cultural, multi-lingual worship and gathered at The Lord's Table.

Read of wrap-up of opening day at umc.org.

One important issue that was not settled on day one was the adoption of Rule 44. Delegates adopted the rest of the rules for the conference but action on a group discernment process, outlined in Rule 44 was delayed until today.

Read more about the alternative group discernment process proposed in Rule 44.