14 June 2016

Highlights and Invitation for Journalists - Methodist Conference 2016

The Methodist Conference 2016 is meeting to discuss matters affecting the life of the Church, the nation and the world at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, in London from 30 June to 7 July.

Press releases on featured topics will be posted on the Methodist Church website during the Conference.

Highlights include:

  • The induction of the new President and Vice-President and the opening of the Representative Session of the Conference: Saturday 2 July, 2:15pm.
  • A discussion on the ethics of investment: Saturday 2 July, 4:50pm.
  • The receiving of new ministers into Full Connexion and ordination services: Sunday  3 July, from 10:45am.
  • A report from 3Generate, the Methodist Children & Youth Conference Monday 29 June, 4:50pm.
  • The Marriage and Relationships Task Group report: Tuesday 5 July, 11:30am.
  • The Past Cases Review Implementation Group report: Wednesday 6 July, 11.30pm.
  • Various notable lectures given as part of the Conference fringe events: Including the Beckly Lecture 'On Liberty, Conscience and Belief', with guest speaker Shami Chakrabarti, former Director of Liberty.

The Conference is the body that agrees policy for the Methodist Church. Gathering lay and ordained members, along with a number of associate and ecumenical members, the Conference is split into two sessions, beginning with the presbyteral session, exclusively for presbyters of the Methodist Church, from Thursday 30 June - Friday 1 July, concluding with the representative session, from Saturday 2 - Thursday 7 July, which is also open to the public.

The representative session will open at 2:15pm on Saturday 2 July with the induction of the President of the Conference, the Revd Dr Roger Walton, and the Vice-President, Ms Rachel Lampard.

Biographies of Roger and Rachel are available here in the Methodist Church press pack2016/2017.

Following Sunday morning worship on 3 July, Methodist presbyters and deacons will be ordained in venues across London. Based on previous years, it is expected that at least 5,000 people will be attending these weekend celebrations.

A provisional timetable for the representative session of the Conference is available onlinehere, but may be subject to change.

1. The timetable, agendas, live stream of the event and more information is available on the  Methodist Conference website.
2. You can follow the Conference conversation on Twitter via  #methodistconf and by following@MethodistGB. Please note that the comments and opinions do not necessarily represent the Methodist Church's views or position.
3. Photos of the President-Designate and  Vice-President Designate are available on the Methodist Media Flickr Stream here.

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