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From May 10-20, 2016, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church will meet in Portland, Oregon. United Methodist Women will be there to ensure women, children and youth are a priority for the denomination and are not overlooked in any legislative, budget or theological decisions. Posts by Tara Barnes.

General Conference Day 10—Final decision

General Conference comes to a close. See where our legislation stands.

The 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church ended the evening of Friday May 21. Here is how our legislation fared. (All links lead to PDFs of legislation text.)

Passed on consent calendars
Environmental Racism
Protection of Water
Stop Criminalizing Communities of Color
U.S. Public Education and the Church
Law of the Sea
Relationship to the General Board of Global Ministries
United Methodist Women Program Advisory Group
Ecclesiastical Support
Celebrating 150 years of United Methodist Women 
Biblical Language 
Speaking Out for Compassion: Transforming the Context of Hate
Charter for Racial Justice Policies

Passed via floor vote
Lay Order for Deaconesses and Home Missioners
Principles for Just and Sustainable Extraction and Production
Environmental Health

Passed in committee but did not make to plenary floor*
Teen Sexual Identity and Suicide Risk, Discipleship
*This means this resolution will not appear in the 2016 Book of Resolutions.

Not considered by committee*
Protecting Children From Mercury
United Methodist Response to Hospital Mergers in the United States
Status of Women
The Girl Child
Children’s Sabbath
*These did not make it to floor, and resolutions will not appear in the 2016 Book of Resolutions.

Defeated on the floor
Responsible Parenthood

Other legislation passed affecting United Methodist Women
Supplemental Ministries
Withdraw From Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

We celebrate many other resolutions passed by the body of General Conference, including, among others, "Inclusiveness of Gender and Age," submitted by General Commission on the Status and Role of Women with our support, the General Commission on Religion and Race's "Opposition to White Privilege in the U.S." and "Global Health and Rights: Eradicating Sexual and Gender-based Violence,"  and General Board of Church and Society's " Welcoming the Migrant to the U.S." The church made a promise as well to continue work toward reconciliation with indigineous peoples with passage of "UMC and the Sand Creek Massacre."

Note: "Inclusiveness of Gender and Age"  takes affect only if annual conferences around the world vote to make it so. So if you're an annual conference voting delegate, be sure to support this amendment to Article 4 of our United Methodist Church Constitution!

United Methodist Women is the only official women's organization of The United Methodist Church. We work and will continue to work to be for the Church and world what marginalized women, children and youth around the world need us to be. 

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