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United Methodists plan annual sessions

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Members of the Iowa Annual Conference vote on legislation during a session in Ames.
Feb. 13, 2006

A UMNS Report
By Linda Green*

United Methodists worldwide are preparing for their annual gatherings, where they will examine issues facing the church and strengthen their spiritual life together.

In 122 regional areas across the globe, United Methodists will meet to approve budgets, receive reports from conference boards and agencies, review ministries, adopt policy and programs of mission and ministry and pass resolutions. The church has 11 million members worldwide.

During the annual conference gatherings in the United States, Africa, Europe and the Philippines, one-year appointments of all conference clergy members will also be announced, new deacons and elders will be ordained, and candidates for ordination will be approved. A bishop will preside over each annual session.

While most of the gatherings will be in the spring and summer, some will be held in the winter and fall. The first session of 2006 will be in the Liberia Annual Conference, scheduled for Feb. 13-19 in Niva County, Liberia. The 63 regional U.S. gatherings will begin May 10-13 when the Troy Annual Conference convenes in Burlington, Vt., and will conclude June 25 with the adjournment of the California-Pacific Annual Conference in Redlands, Calif.

Annual conference meeting dates and places are:

U.S. ANNUAL CONFERENCES

North Central Jurisdiction

Dakotas, June 7-10, Watertown, S.D.
Detroit, May 19-21, Adrian, Mich.
East Ohio, June 19-22, Lakeside, Ohio
Illinois Great Rivers, June 8-11, Peoria, Ill.
Iowa, June 8-11, Ames, Iowa
Minnesota, May 30-June 2, Saint Cloud, Minn.
North Indiana, June 1-3, West Lafayette, Ind.
Northern Illinois, June 11-14, St. Charles, Ill.
South Indiana, June 8-10, Bloomington, Ind.
West Michigan, June 1-4, Grand Rapids, Mich.
West Ohio, June 11-14, Lakeside, Ohio
Wisconsin, June 11-14, Middleton, Wis.

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Bunny Wolfe, with the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, counts phone cards received during the 2004 gathering.
Northeastern Jurisdiction

Baltimore-Washington, May 25-27, Baltimore
Central Pennsylvania, June 8-10, Grantham, Pa.
Eastern Pennsylvania, June 21-23, Philadelphia
Greater New Jersey, June 1-3, King of Prussia, Pa.
New England, June 7-10, Wenham, Mass.
New York, June 7-10, Hempstead, N.Y.
North Central New York, June 2-4, Liverpool, N.Y.
Peninsula-Delaware, June 9-11, Princess Anne, Md.
Troy, May 10-13, Burlington, Vt.
West Virginia, June 8-11, Buckhannon, W.Va.
Western New York, June 9-11, Buffalo, N.Y.
Western Pennsylvania, June 15-18, Grove City, Pa.
Wyoming, June 1-3, Scranton, Pa.

South Central Jurisdiction

Arkansas, June 11-14, Hot Springs, Ark.
Central Texas, June 4-7, Waco, Texas
Kansas East, May 31-June 3, Baldwin City, Kan.
Kansas West, May 24-26, Salina, Kan.
Louisiana, June 4-7, Shreveport, La.
Missouri, June 9-12, Springfield, Mo.
Nebraska, June 14-17, Kearney, Neb.
New Mexico, May 31-June 3, Glorieta, N.M.
North Texas, June 4-7, Plano, Texas
Northwest Texas, June 7-10, Midland, Texas
Oklahoma, May 29-June 1, Tulsa, Okla.
Oklahoma Indian Missionary, June 8-11, Anadarko, Okla.
Rio Grande, June 1-4, Abilene, Texas
Southwest Texas, June 7-10, Corpus Christi, Texas
Texas, May 28-June 1, Houston

Southeastern Jurisdiction

Alabama-West Florida, June 4-7, Mobile, Ala.
Florida, June 1-3, Lakeland, Fla.
Holston, June 11-14, Lake Junaluska, N.C.
Kentucky, June 6-8, Bowling Green, Ky.
Memphis, June 4-7, Paducah, Ky.
Mississippi, June 11-14, Jackson, Miss.
North Alabama, June 1-3, Birmingham, Ala.
North Carolina, June 14-17, Greenville, N.C.
North Georgia, June 13-16, Athens, Ga.
Red Bird Missionary, May 12-13, Beverly, Ky.
South Carolina, June 4-7, Orangeburg, S.C.
South Georgia, June 4-7, Savannah, Ga.
Tennessee, June 11-13, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Virginia, June 11-14, Hampton, Va.
Western North Carolina, June 8-11, Lake Junaluska, N.C.

Western Jurisdiction

Alaska Missionary, May 26-28, Anchorage, Alaska
California-Nevada, June 13-17, Sacramento, Calif.
California-Pacific, June 20-25, Redlands, Calif.
Desert Southwest, June 8-11, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Oregon-Idaho, June 7-10, Nampa, Idaho.
Pacific Northwest, June 14-17, Tacoma, Wash.
Rocky Mountain, June 21-24, Greenwood Village, Colo.
Yellowstone, June 7-10, Billings, Mont.

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Shoes are collected for charities during the 2002 California-Nevada Annual Conference.
CENTRAL (OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES) CONFERENCES

(Information on some conferences is unavailable.)

Austria Provisional, May 17-21, Vienna, Austria
Bicol Philippines Provisional, April 6-9 Naga City, Philippines
Bulgaria Provisional, Sept. 18-22, (to be determined)
Central Congo, July 10-16, Katako-Kombe, Democratic Republic of Congo
Central Luzon Philippines, May 4-7, Paniqui, Tarlac, Philippines
Central Russia, June 21-23, Moscow
Czech & Slovak Republics, May 25-28, Plzen, Czech Republic
East Congo, July 24-30, Kindu, Democratic Republic of Congo
East Mindanao Philippines, May 11-13, Tagum City, Philippines
Eastern Russia and Central Asia, May 4-6, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Germany East, May 17-21, Sehmatal-Cranzahl, Saxonia, Germany
Germany North, May 3-7, Eberswalde, Germany
Germany South, May 11-14, Gerlingen & Boblingen, Germany
Hungary, April 18-22, Miskolc, Hungary
Liberia, Feb. 13-19, Niva County, Liberia
Mindanao Philippines, May 25-28, Kidapawan City, Philippines
North Central Philippines, March 24-26, Ilagan, Isabela, Philippines
Northeast Luzon Philippines, March 3-5, Ramon, Isabela, Philippines
Northeast Philippines, May 11-14, Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
Northern Philippines, April 28-30, Gattaran, Cagayan, Philippines
Northwest Mindanao Philippines, May 4-7, Santa Cruz, Philippines
Northwest Philippines, April 20-23, San Nicolas, Pangasian, Philippines
Northwest Russia Provisional, May 18-20, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Oriental & Equator, August 9-4, Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo
Pangasinan Philippines, May 25-28, San Carlos City, Pangasinan, Philippines
Poland, June 9-11, Grudziaz, Poland
Serbia-Montenegro/Rep. Macedonia, Oct. 18-22, Strumica, Macedonia
Southern Russia, May 25-27, Voronezh, Russia
Switzerland-France, June 15-18, Winterthur, Switzerland
Tarlac, Philippines, March 10-12, Tarlac City, Philippines
Ukraine & Moldova, May 10-13, Kiev, Ukraine
Visayas Philippines, April 20-23, Jimalalud, Negros Oriental, Philippines
West Congo, Aug. 22-27, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

 *Green is a United Methodist News Service news writer based in Nashville, Tenn.

 

News media contact: Linda Green, (615) 742-5470 or newsdesk@umcom.org.

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