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June 24, 2016

Bishop Carter's reflections on AC 2016

Bishop Carter shares thoughts about the 2016 Annual Conference, including the changing leadership roles for clergy and laity and how the Orlando murders shaped the context of the meeting.

June 20, 2016

AC 2016 closes with joyful service

Conference closed on Saturday with a joyful Licensing, Commissioning and Ordination service and inspiring music.

June 18, 2016

Health benefits to change in 2017

The members of Annual Conference voted overwhelmingly to approve the Freedom to Choose health insurance proposal, to be implemented in 2017.

June 18, 2016

Leading in the midst of change

As society becomes more complex, the more sophisticated leadership must become, according to Bishop Janice Riggle Huie. “So, we’re talking about leading in a culture of change. And that change increasingly is rapid, unpredictable and nonlinear.”

June 17, 2016

AC Thursday: Leadership is about the power of love

The call for leadership, love and inclusion wove throughout the meeting’s first day, from Holy Communion to the night's prayer vigil for the Orlando shooting victims.

June 17, 2016

Photos from the Annual Conference 5K Run

The third Florida Annual Conference 5K started at the historic Windermere Town Hall on Friday morning, June 17. Nearly 60 were up at the crack of dawn, shoes laced and lining up to run for a good cause.

June 16, 2016

Photos from Orlando prayer vigil

The 2016 Florida Conference's annual meeting came to Orlando in the wake of tragedy: five days before its commencement, a “blatant act of mass murder that happened literally in our neighborhood."

June 14, 2016

Conference to hold prayer vigil Thursday night

The Annual Conference will have a prayer vigil for the Orlando shooting victims, survivors and their families, the City of Orlando and the nation on Thursday, June 16, at 9:30 p.m.

June 13, 2016

First Orlando to host InterFaith Service on Tuesday

The Tuesday, June 14, service will include leaders from the religious communities within the City of Orlando that work with Rev. Dr. Jim Coffin, the executive director of the InterFaith Council of Central Florida.

June 01, 2016

Tweet Meet for AC slated for June 8

Bishop Ken Carter will moderate the third "Tweet Meet" for the Florida Conference on June 8 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

May 24, 2016

Countdown to Annual Conference

The annual assembly of Florida's United Methodist Church starts June 16 at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando. Here's what attendees need to know.

April 17, 2016

Bishop announces full-time appointment changes

The appointment changes will take effect July 1, 2016.

April 06, 2016

Pre-conference leadership gatherings offered

Leading Like Jesus is the theme of the 2016 Annual Conference, and pre-conference leadership gatherings will launch the topic and include tracks tailored for laity and clergy. All sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 15, at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando.

March 14, 2016

Bishop Carter announces new appointments

Bishop Ken Carter and the appointive cabinet of the Florida Conference announced new assignments today, and they will become effective July 1.

January 18, 2016

Bishop Carter appoints four new cabinet members

The appointments include three district superintendents and the assistant to the Bishop. Additionally, the current superintendent of the North Central District will assume the leadership for the Gulf Central District.

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