United Methodist individuals or organizations interested in sending petitions to the 2012 General Conference for consideration should take note.
The General Conference, which meets every four years and is made up of delegates from United Methodist Annual and Central Conferences throughout the world, is the only body that may officially speak for the United Methodist Church.
The decisions General Conference makes help create The United Methodist Book of Discipline, the book of rules and procedure for the denomination. “Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference...” (¶507, The Book of Discipline, 2008).
Petitions are the mechanism used to get proposed changes in our church law or church position before the General Conference for consideration.
Petitions to the 2012 General Conference must be postmarked by September 27, 2011. Petitions may be sent beginning on April 1, 2011. Petitions without digital media must be typed, double-space, and should be submitted by July 1, 2011, to allow time for transcription.
Petitions do not require prior endorsement of the Annual Conference and may be sent directly to the General Conference. We encourage direct submission of petitions so your specific concerns are addressed without being “amended” by Annual Conference.