General Conference through the Lens

864 delegates gather for Opening Worship on May 10 in Portland, OR. Photo credit: Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

864 delegates gather for Opening Worship on May 10 in Portland, OR. Photo credit: Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

 
United Methodist Bishops from all over the world lead the processional. Photo credit: Kathleen Barry, UMNS

United Methodist Bishops from all over the world lead the processional. Photo credit: Kathleen Barry, UMNS

 
Clergy help to bless the elements for Holy Communion. Photo credit: Mike DuBose, UMNS

Clergy help to bless the elements for Holy Communion. Photo credit: Mike DuBose, UMNS

 
Bishop Palmer delivers the Episcopal Address. The collaborative effort of the The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign has made a huge impact: in 2008, a child died every 30 seconds from malaria...now, it is every 2 minutes. Photo credit: Mike DuBose, UMNS

Bishop Palmer delivers the Episcopal Address. The collaborative effort of the The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign has made a huge impact: in 2008, a child died every 30 seconds from malaria...now, it is every 2 minutes. Photo credit: Mike DuBose, UMNS

 
A delegate handles prayer beads during prayer. The beads were distributed to all participants. Photo credit: Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

A delegate handles prayer beads during prayer. The beads were distributed to all participants. Photo credit: Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

 
Morning worship on May 12 highlights the church's beauty in diversity. Photo credit: Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Morning worship on May 12 highlights the church's beauty in diversity. Photo credit: Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

 
Because delegates traveled from all across the globe to participate in General Conference, translation services are vital. Photo credit: Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Because delegates traveled from all across the globe to participate in General Conference, translation services are vital. Photo credit: Kathleen Barry, UMNS

 
In preparation for the General Conference climate vigil, delegates fly "wind sockeyes". Photo credit: Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

In preparation for the General Conference climate vigil, delegates fly "wind sockeyes". Photo credit: Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

 
Glenn intern and now Candler School of Theology graduate, Brenna Lakeson, found herself on display at General Conference for her work to help end the death penalty and advocacy work for the life of Georgia death row inmate Kelly Gissendaner. Photo credit: Brenna Lakeson.

Glenn intern and now Candler School of Theology graduate, Brenna Lakeson, found herself on display at General Conference for her work to help end the death penalty and advocacy work for the life of Georgia death row inmate Kelly Gissendaner. Photo credit: Brenna Lakeson.

 
The General Conference has seen a number of peaceful protests on social issues ranging from LGBTQ rights to Black Lives Matter to Immigration policy. Photo credit: Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

The General Conference has seen a number of peaceful protests on social issues ranging from LGBTQ rights to Black Lives Matter to Immigration policy. Photo credit: Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

 
Protests around the center altar. Photo credit: Mike DuBose, UMNS

Protests around the center altar. Photo credit: Mike DuBose, UMNS

 
United Methodist Women (UMW) celebrated its 150th anniversary during the 2016 General Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

United Methodist Women (UMW) celebrated its 150th anniversary during the 2016 General Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

 
During Saturday morning worship, the sermon was interpreted and illustrated by an artist. Photo credit: Kathleen Barry, UMNS

During Saturday morning worship, the sermon was interpreted and illustrated by an artist. Photo credit: Kathleen Barry, UMNS

 
Rev. Adam Hamilton responds to seminary students in a briefing on May 17. Photo credit: Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Rev. Adam Hamilton responds to seminary students in a briefing on May 17. Photo credit: Kathleen Barry, UMNS

 
Glenn member and Lay Delegate to General Conference, Mathew Pinson, stands at the podium addressing those gathered in Portland. Photo credit: Luke Lucas/AWFUMC

Glenn member and Lay Delegate to General Conference, Mathew Pinson, stands at the podium addressing those gathered in Portland. Photo credit: Luke Lucas/AWFUMC

 
Glenn member and Associate Dean of Methodist Studies at Candler, Rev. Dr. Anne Burkholder, took a class to General Conference (Burkholder and students pictured in blue). They stand among the Candler Singers who gave their last performance under the direction of Dean of Worship, Rev. Barbara Day Miller, who is retiring after many years of faithful service to the school. Glenn members pictured include Yeeun Bae, Sara Maughan, J.R. Atkins, Brenna Lakeson, Sara McKlin, and intern Tiffania Willetts. Photo credit: Nefertiti Williams

Glenn member and Associate Dean of Methodist Studies at Candler, Rev. Dr. Anne Burkholder, took a class to General Conference (Burkholder and students pictured in blue). They stand among the Candler Singers who gave their last performance under the direction of Dean of Worship, Rev. Barbara Day Miller, who is retiring after many years of faithful service to the school. Glenn members pictured include Yeeun Bae, Sara Maughan, J.R. Atkins, Brenna Lakeson, Sara McKlin, and intern Tiffania Willetts. Photo credit: Nefertiti Williams

 
Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers leads the General Conference in closing prayer and meditation on May 17. Photo credit: Sharletta Green

Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers leads the General Conference in closing prayer and meditation on May 17. Photo credit: Sharletta Green

 
Prayer at the center altar. Photo credit: Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Prayer at the center altar. Photo credit: Kathleen Barry, UMNS