05 June 2014
News: Highlights for Journalists - Methodist Conference 2014
- Volumes One and Two of the Methodist Conference Agenda available here
This year's Methodist Conference will take place at the Hilton
Birmingham Metropole Hotel from 26 June to 3 July. The Conference
is the governing body of the Methodist Church and meets annually to
discuss matters affecting the life of the Church, the nation and
Highlights for journalists at this year's Conference will include:
- Induction of new President and Vice-President on Saturday 28 June
- The JIC report - discussions on commitment to further unity between the Methodist Church and the Church of England - on Tuesday 1 July.
- The response to Same Sex Marriage legislation on Wednesday 2 July.
- Statistics for Mission - latest figures on the make-up of the Methodist Church - on Wednesday 2 July.
The Conference's representative session will open at 2.15pm on Saturday 28 June with the induction of the President of the Conference, the Revd Kenneth Howcroft, and the Vice-President, Gill Dascombe. Their biographies are included in the Methodist Church press pack 2014/2015. Following Sunday morning worship on 29 June, Methodist presbyters and deacons will be ordained in venues across the Birmingham District. Over 5,000 tickets have been distributed for the weekend events of the Conference.
The debate on the Church's response to same-sex marriage legislation and civil partnerships will take place on the morning of Wednesday 2 July. The report to accompany this debate is available to read here as part of Volume Two of the Methodist Conference Agenda.
Video of the debates will be streamed live online through the Methodist Conference website from Saturday 28 June onwards.
The Conference is a gathering of 306 full members drawn from each Methodist district, along with some who have been elected by the Conference, together with some ex officio members, international, ecumenical and youth representatives, and associate members.
- The Conference meets annually as a group of 306 members, along with a number of associate and ecumenical members. Visit the Methodist Conference website for more information. The website contains the full timetable and agenda for the Conference, along with information about fringe events.
- Follow the Conference conversation on Twitter via the #methodistconf hastag. Please note that comments and opinions on Twitter and the blog do not necessarily represent the Methodist Church's position.
- Photos of the President-Designate and Vice-President-Designate. Please see the Methodist Media Flickr Stream for further images.