06 June 2013

Highlights for Journalists: The Methodist Conference 2013

This year's Methodist Conference will be held at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London from 4 - 11 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 the world.

Highlights for journalists at this year's Conference will include:

  • Address by the Archbishop of Canterbury on Wednesday 10 July.
  • Same Sex Marriage on Monday 8 July.
  • Inauguration of new President and Vice-President on Saturday 6 July.

The Conference's representative session will open on Saturday 6 July with the induction of the President, the Revd Ruth Gee, and the Vice-President, Dr Daleep Mukarji. Their biographies are included in the Methodist Church press pack 2013/2014. Following Sunday morning worship on 7 July, Methodist presbyters and deacons will be ordained in venues across the London District. Over 5,000 tickets have been distributed for the weekend events of the Conference.

The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will talk on the topic, Resourcing a Search for the Common Good. After his talk, he will take questions from members of the Conference. See here for further details.

The debate on Same Sex Marriage will take place on the afternoon of Monday 8 July as part of the Methodist Council report. A report to accompany this debate will soon be available to read online via the Methodist Conference website

Video of the debates will be streamed live online through the Methodist Conference website.

The Conference is a gathering of 306 representatives drawn from each Methodist district, along with some who have been elected by the Conference, together with some ex officio members, and international, ecumenical and youth representatives


  1. Members of the media wishing to attend the Conference should contact Karen Burke either on 0207 467 5208 or burkek@methodistchurch.org.uk 
  2. The Conference blog provides an informal look at the Conference, fringe events and the people behind it. 
  3. Follow the Conference conversation on Twitter via the #methconf hastag. Please note that comments and opinions on Twitter and the blog do not necessarily represent the Methodist Church's position. 


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