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Conferences outside U.S. begin 2005 annual sessions


Conferences outside U.S. begin 2005 annual sessions

Feb. 28, 2005

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A UMNS Report
By Linda Green*

Three conferences outside the United States are the first to conduct 2005 sessions across the entire United Methodist connection.

This year’s annual conference gatherings kicked off with the Feb. 15-20 meeting of the Liberia Annual Conference. It will be followed by the March 16-19 meeting of the Central Luzon Philippines Conference and the March 31-April 3 gathering of the Pangasinan Philippines Conference.

Between Feb. 15 and Dec. 19, United Methodists worldwide will approve budgets, receive reports from conference boards and agencies, adopt programs of mission and ministry, and pass resolutions. The total global United Methodist membership is 10 million.

A bishop will preside over each annual conference session, and 24 global bishops—including 21 in the United States—will lead gatherings for the first time. The church has 122 annual conferences across the world, including 63 in the United States.

One-year appointments of all conference clergy members will also be announced at the sessions, new deacons and elders will be ordained, and candidates for ordination will be approved.  

The regional gatherings in the United States will begin May 13-14 when the Red Bird Missionary Conference convenes in London, Ky. U.S. sessions conclude June 26 with the adjournment of the California-Pacific annual conference, meeting in Redlands, Calif. The last central conference meets Dec. 19 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

U.S. annual conference meeting dates and places are:


North Central Jurisdiction
Dakotas, June 8-11, Bismarck, N.D.
Detroit, May 20-22, Adrian, Mich.
East Ohio, June 20-23, Lakeside, Ohio
Illinois Great Rivers, June 9-12, Peoria, Ill.
Iowa, June 9-12, Ames, Iowa
Minnesota, May 31-June 3, Saint Cloud, Minn.
North Indiana, June 2-5, West Lafayette, Ind.
Northern Illinois, June 8-11, St. Charles, Ill.
South Indiana, June 9-11, Bloomington, Ind.
West Michigan, June 2-5, Grand Rapids, Mich.
West Ohio, June 12-15, Lakeside, Ohio
Wisconsin, June 12-15, Middleton, Wis.

Northeastern Jurisdiction
Baltimore-Washington, May 26-29, Baltimore
Central Pennsylvania, June 9-11, Grantham, Pa.
Eastern Pennsylvania, June 15-18, Philadelphia
Greater New Jersey, June 2-4, Valley Forge, Pa.
New England, June 8-11, Wenham, Mass.
New York, June 1-4, Hempstead, N.Y.
North Central New York, June 2-5, Liverpool, N.Y.
Peninsula-Delaware, June 9-12, Princess Anne, Md.
Troy, June 9-12, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
West Virginia, June 9-12, Buckhannon, W.Va.
Western New York, June 10-12, Buffalo, N.Y.
Western Pennsylvania, June 16-19, Grove City, Pa.
Wyoming, June 2-4, Scranton, Pa.

South Central Jurisdiction
Arkansas, June 12-15, Russellville, Ark.
Central Texas, June 5-8, Fort Worth, Texas
Kansas East, June 1-4, Baldwin City, Kan.
Kansas West, May 25-28, Salina, Kan.
Louisiana, June 5-8, Shreveport, La.
Missouri, June 3-6, Columbia, Mo.
Nebraska, June 8-11, Omaha, Neb.
New Mexico, June 1-4, Las Cruces, N.M.
North Texas, June 5-8, Wichita Falls, Texas
Northwest Texas, June 8-11, Lubbock, Texas
Oklahoma, May 29-June 2, Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Indian Missionary, June 9-12, Antlers, Okla.
Rio Grande, June 3-6, Corpus Christi, Texas
Southwest Texas, June 1-4, Corpus Christi, Texas
Texas, May 29-June 2, The Woodlands, Texas

Southeastern Jurisdiction
Alabama-West Florida, June 5-8, Mobile, Ala.
Florida, June 2-5, Lakeland, Fla.
Holston, June 12-15, Lake Junaluska, N.C.
Kentucky, June 6-9, Lexington, Ky.
Memphis, June 5-8, Memphis, Tenn.
Mississippi, June 5-8, Jackson, Miss.
North Alabama, June 5-7, Birmingham, Ala.
North Carolina, June 8-11, Fayetteville, N.C.
North Georgia, June 14-17, Athens, Ga.
Red Bird Missionary, May 13-14, London, Ky. 
South Carolina, May 29-June 1, Spartanburg, S.C.
South Georgia, June 5-8, Macon, Ga.
Tennessee, June 12-14, Brentwood, Tenn.
Virginia, June 12-15, Hampton, Va.
Western North Carolina, June 9-12, Lake Junaluska, N.C.

Western Jurisdiction
Alaska Missionary, May 27-29, Anchorage, Alaska
California-Nevada, June 14-18, Sacramento, Calif.
California-Pacific, June 22-26, Redlands, Calif.
Desert Southwest, June 9-12, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Oregon-Idaho, June 8-11, Salem, Ore.
Pacific Northwest, June 15-18, Tacoma, Wash.
Rocky Mountain, June 15-18, Denver
Yellowstone, June 23-25, Billings, Mont.


(Information on some conferences is unavailable; other conferences have already met.)

Austria Provisional, May 18-22, Graz, Austria
Bicol Philippines Provisional, April 1-3 (location not received)
Bulgaria Provisional, Sept. 14-18, Varna, Bulgaria
Central Luzon Philippines, March 16-19, Tarlac, Philippines
Central Russia, June 22-24, Moscow
Czech & Slovak Republics, May 26-29, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Denmark, June 29-July 3, Ronne, Denmark
East Mindanao Philippines Provisional, April 7-10, Davao City, Philippines
East Zimbabwe, Dec. 9-12, Mutare, Zimbabwe
Eastern Angola, (date not listed), Malanje City, Angola
Eastern Russia Provisional, May 13-15, Issyk Kol, Kyrgisia, Russia
Estonia, June 17-19, Tallinn, Estonia
Finland-Finnish Provisional, July 6-10, Helsinki, Finland
Finland-Swedish Provisional, June 8-12, Porvoo, Finland
Germany East, May 25-29, Planitz, Germany
Germany North, April 20-24, Braunschweig, Germany
Germany South, June 9-12, Hofheim/Taunus and Mannheim, Germany
Hungary Provisional, April 26-30, Pecs, Hungary
Liberia, Feb. 15-20, Monrovia, Liberia
Lukoshi, July 17, Mwajinga/Sandoa, Lukoshi
Mindanao Philippines, May 26-29, Kidapawan City, Philippines
Nigeria (date not listed), Jalingo, Nigeria
North Central Philippines, May 26-29, San Antonio, Delfin Albano Isabela, Philippines
Northeast Philippines, May 12-15, Dumabato, Maddela Quirino, Philippines
Northern Philippines, April 21-24, Aparri, Cagayan, Philippines
Northwest Katanga, July 17, Mwajinga/Sandoa
Northwest Russia Provisional, May 26-28, St. Petersburg, Russia
Northwest Mindanao Philippines, April 21-24, Oriental, Philippines
Northwest Philippines, May 19-22, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines
Norway, June 23-26, Trondheim, Norway
Pangasinan Philippines, March 31-April 3, Anda Central, Anda Pangasinan, Philippines
Poland, June 17-19, Klarysew, Poland
Serbia-Montenegro/Rep. Macedonia, Oct. 26-30, Serbia-Montenegro
South Congo-Zambia, July 10, Mulungwishi
Southern Russia Provisional, June 2-5, Voronezh, Russia
Southwest Katanga, July 10, Mulungwishi
Sweden, May 4-8, Gothenburg, Sweden
Switzerland-France, June 9-12, Basel/St. Chrischona, Switzerland
Ukraine Provisional, June 16-19, Kiev, Ukraine
Visayas Philippines, April 14-17, Leyte, Philippines
West Zimbabwe, Dec. 16-19, Harare, Zimbabwe
Western Angola, Oct. 3-9, Luanda, Angola

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

News media contact: Linda Green, (615) 742-5470 or


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