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What is General Conference?

As the top policy-making body of the international United Methodist Church, General Conference is the only body that officially speaks for the denomination. It meets on a "quadrennial basis," or every four years.

During the session, delegates (half clergy, half laity) elected by their annual conferences and specialized bodies, will revise the Book of Discipline. Delegates also revise the Book of Resolutions, a volume declaring the church"s stance on a wide variety of social justice issues. The book contains more than 300 resolutions that are considered instructive and persuasive, but are not binding on members.

General Conference 2012 will be located in Tampa, FL April 24-May 4, 2012.

*Published on www.umc.org.

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