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Oregon Convention Center, Portland

Monday May 16, 2016

General Conference 2016 United Methodist Women Day



United Methodist Women members: Join us for United Methodist Women Day at General Conference! activities include:

-- Consecration of new deaconesses and home missioners (8am to 9am, plenary hall)

-- Meet United Methodist Women delegates, staff and members.

-- United Methodist Women 150th anniversary from the floor of General Conference (plenery hall, 3:53 to 4pm)

-- Visit the United Methodist Women exhibit booth and prayer stations

Plan to come, and spread the word!

Where: Oregon Convention Center 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland, Oregon

When: Monday May 16 8am to 7pm

Come as you are able during these times.

Onsite information: Come to the United Methodist Women exhibit in Exhibit Hall A and A1, booth 162, for the latest details on United Methodist Women Day events and location.



8 to 9 a.m.

Deaconess and home missioner consecration, plenary hall

9 to 10 a.m.

Optional activities:


Observe plenary


Optional registration (register and pick up badge and packet)

United Methodist Women exhibit, booth 162 Prayer station

Make posters for public witness—check booth for details.

10 to 12:15 p.m. Optional activities: Observe plenary Optional registration

United Methodist Women exhibit Prayer station

Make posters for public witness

Briefing on United Methodist Women legislative agenda at General Conference. Visit United Methodist Women booth for time and venue.

12:45 to 1:45 p.m.

Don’t Poison Our Water: Water is a Human Right!

A United Methodist Women public witness on environmental justice. Oregon Convention Center Plaza, opposite the Oregon Ballroom.

Bring your United Methodist Women local, district and conference banners, shirts, hats, etc. You can make posters in the morning—visit the United Methodist Women exhibit booth for details. There will be seating for people with disabilities.

Volunteers are needed for this event to set up, greet, distribute snacks, hand out fliers and signs. If you would like to volunteer, contact Karen Morray, Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Women president (

2 to 3:30 p.m.

Optional activities:


Observe plenary


Optional registration


United Methodist Women exhibit


Prayer station


Make posters for public witness

3:30 to 4 p.m.

Plenary: 150th anniversary of United Methodist Women at 3:53 p.m.

4 to 4:20 p.m.

Meet and greet United Methodist Women staff and delegates.


Group picture. Light snacks will be served. Oregon Ballroom,


room 203. Visit United Methodist Women booth for location.

Feel free to depart after the meet and greet. For those who choose to stay, General Conference plenary continues until 6:30 p.m.


Registration: It is not required for guests to register for General Conference.

However, if you would like a name badge and program, pre-register online at

Pre-registration closes on May 5. After that, you can register in person at the

Convention Center. Cost of registration is $10. If you pre-register you can pick up name badge and program at the registration area in the convention center.

Plenary seating: Guests are welcomed in the plenary hall in the guest seating area on a first-come, first-served basis.

Transportation: For directions and details on parking and public transit, go to

What to bring: United Methodist Women banners, scarves, pins, shirts and the like, if you have them. Bring hats, sneakers, bottles for water and bag lunches. Since the rally is at lunchtime, you may not have much time to purchase lunch at the convention center.

For more information

Contact Karen Morray, Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Woman at

Convention center virtual tour: conference-2016-portland-venue-tour.

Information about General Conference, including livestream:

General Conference guide: conference/2016/documents/gc2016-guide.pdf.

On Twitter and Instagram follow hashtags #umcgc, #umwgc

Learn more about United Methodist Women at General Conference:

United Methodist Women on Facebook:

United Methodist Women legislation to General Conference:

Where to find activities at the convention center Plenary hall: Exhibit Halls D, C, level 1

Exhibit area: Exhibit Halls A and A1. United Methodist Women booth 162 Prayer station: Oregon Ballroom 204, level 1

Public witness, “Don’t Poison Our Water”: Oregon Convention Center Plaza opposite Oregon Ballroom

Pacific Northwest Climate Vigil

Please also consider attending the Climate Justice vigil on Thursday, May 16, 7:30 p.m., Oregon Convention Center Plaza, hosted by the Pacific Northwest Conference.

For more information, visit

You are invited to make paper lanterns with prayers (details on website).

This will be a beautiful vigil of glowing lanterns, sending prayers for the healing of God’s creation.