General Conference 2016

Celebrating our Legacy with General Conference

United Methodist Women Day is a day of worship and witness. It starts at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 16!

Celebrating our Legacy with General Conference

The current General Conference is the last one before United Methodist Women turns 150 in 2019. We will celebrate this milestone with the church on May 16, which is #umwday at General Conference in Portland. Thanks to social media and other web technology we can all participate in our own time zones!

United Methodist Women Day starts early on Monday, and remember: These times are Pacific Standard.

If you are at home:

If you are in Portland:

8-9 a.m.
Deaconess and home missioner consecration

View this service of worship and consecration via live stream at

Join us in the plenary hall to celebrate these new servants in mission.

9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 
Several activities, including preparation for public witness/rally 

Post Happy Birthday photos on social media (refer to sidebar). You can also rally for water rights by adding badges to your social media profile pics; visit for yours. Read more about the public witness and find resources on clean water advocacy:  
Click Here.Rally for Clean Water for All.


Visit the United Methodist Women exhibit at booth 162; while you’re there say Happy Birthday in a photo or video greeting. You can also visit the prayer station, attend a briefing on United Methodist Women legislative agenda at #umcgc (time and place TBD) and make posters for the afternoon public witness on #cleanh2o4all and #right2water.

12:45-1:45 p.m.
Rally: Don’t Poison Our Water! Water is a Human Right!

Follow @UMWomen on twitter will open in a new window Twitter,
Facebook will open in a new window Facebook and Instagram will open in a new window Instagram, share our posts and continue to raise awareness. Hashtags include #cleanh2o4all and #right2water.


Gather at the Oregon Convention Center Plaza for the public witness event. Remember to take photos and post on social media with hashtags #cleanh2o4all and #right2water.

3:30-4:00 p.m.
Our upcoming 150th anniversary will be celebrated during the plenary at 3:53 p.m. 

Watch online and share the experience on social media. Use the hashtag #umwday so all our posts can be read together.

Attend the plenary and keep sharing the experience with photos and social media posts. Use hashtags #umwday, #umcgc and #umwgc.


4:00-4:20 p.m.
Celebration continues in Portland

Members at home can watch the live stream through 6:30 p.m.: Conference business, presentations on Africa University and Higher Education and closing devotion round out the day.


Meet and greet United Methodist Women staff and delegates. Light snacks will be served and a group picture taken. Oregon Ballroom, room 203. Visit United Methodist Women booth (162) for location. 

Posted or updated: 5/11/2016 11:00:00 PM

Send birthday greetings!

Leading up to May 16, members are invited to take photos of themselves with a sign reading “Happy Birthday United Methodist Women!” Make your own or
PDF Document opens in a new window. print the sample we have provided. 

Happy Birthday

Add these photos of individuals or groups to your Facebook or Twitter accounts and be sure to tag @umwomen, so the photos appear on our pages, and use the hashtag #umwday so they can be viewed together.

PDF Document opens in a new window.  All the details about #umwday

Click Here.All about the rally for water rights


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