General Conference 2016

General Conference Day 10: Final Decisions

General Conference Day 10: Final Decisions

The 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church ended the evening of Friday May 21. For two weeks delegates from around the world worked to revise church law, adopting resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues.

Here is how our legislation fared.


Passed on consent calendars

PDF Document opens in a new window. Environmental Racism
PDF Document opens in a new window. Protection of Water
PDF Document opens in a new window. Stop Criminalizing Communities of Color
PDF Document opens in a new window. U.S. Public Education and the Church
PDF Document opens in a new window. Greed
PDF Document opens in a new window. Privatization
PDF Document opens in a new window. Law of the Sea
PDF Document opens in a new window. Relationship to the General Board of Global Ministries
PDF Document opens in a new window. United Methodist Women Program Advisory Group
PDF Document opens in a new window. Ecclesiastical Support
PDF Document opens in a new window. Celebrating 150 years of United Methodist Women
PDF Document opens in a new window. Biblical Language
PDF Document opens in a new window. Speaking Out for Compassion: Transforming the Context of Hate
PDF Document opens in a new window. Charter for Racial Justice Policies

Passed via floor vote

PDF Document opens in a new window. Lay Order for Deaconesses and Home Missioners
PDF Document opens in a new window. Principles for Just and Sustainable Extraction and Production
PDF Document opens in a new window. Environmental Health

Passed in committee but did not make to plenary floor*

PDF Document opens in a new window. Teen Sexual Identity and Suicide Risk
*This means this resolution will not appear in the 2016 Book of Resolutions.

Not considered by committee*

PDF Document opens in a new window. Protecting Children From Mercury
PDF Document opens in a new window. United Methodist Response to Hospital Mergers in the United States
PDF Document opens in a new window. Status of Women
PDF Document opens in a new window. The Girl Child
PDF Document opens in a new window. 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

PDF Document opens in a new window. Responsible Parenthood

Other legislation passed affecting United Methodist Women

  • 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 "Link opens in a new window. Opposition to White Privilege in the U.S." and "Link opens in a new window. Global Health and Rights: Eradicating Sexual and Gender-based Violence," and General Board of Church and Society's " Link opens in a new window. 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 "Link opens in a new window. 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 the world, what marginalized women, children and youth around the world need us to be.

Posted or updated: 5/24/2016 11:00:00 PM
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