Window open for General Conference petition proposals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Petitions for consideration by the 2016 General Conference are being accepted and may be submitted to the petitions secretary until Oct.13, 2015.

According to church law, "Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference."

Detailed instructions for submitting a petition are available on the General Conference website at Petitions must be typed and may be submitted through the General Conference website, by postal mail or via email to This email address should be used for petition submission only. All other correspondence should be directed to Petitions submitted without digital media need to be submitted by July 1, 2015, to allow time for transcription and translation.

The mailing address for petitions (hard copy accompanied, if possible, by digital version on CD or USB drive) is Rev. Gary Graves, Petitions Secretary,United Methodist General Conference 2016, 230 2nd St., Paris, KY 40361.

Eligible petitions are given numbers and assigned to one of 12 legislative committees or the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters. The committees will debate the proposals and determine whether to approve, amend, combine or reject them for recommendation to the full body of General Conference.

When submitting a petition, you must indicate whether a petition has "general church budget implications," meaning a petition that causes the need for funding (i.e., creation of a new program, staff position, support requirements, etc.) through the general church apportionments. Such petitions require review by the General Council on Finance and Administration to verify if the funding is already included under the recommended quadrennial budget.

Submitters must also indicate whether a petition has "global implications," meaning it is a constitutional amendment; has a direct effect on the global work of general agencies; places requirements or expectations on all annual conferences, districts or churches; or speaks to societal concerns, regardless of the particular form of secular government.

Questions about the petition submission process may be submitted by email to Graves at .

About General Conference 2016

General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. The assembly meets once every four years to consider revisions to church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs for the next four years. The 2016 meeting will have 864 delegates from around the world and will take place May 10-20, 2016,  at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

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