The schedule for General Conference is not yet complete. However, for the purposes of helping you plan, we are tentatively set (and it is subject to change) to start the conference at 12:00pm CST on Monday, July 1, 2013, and end at 10:00pm CST on Friday, July 5, 2013. NOTE: The Chicago Pride Parade is currently scheduled for the morning of Sunday, June 30, 2013. If you would like to be a part of the festivities, you might consider arriving on Saturday, June 29, 2013.

General Conference is an excellent learning and networking opportunity for everyone! Here is a list of events you will see at conference. Check back often for updates and for extended information.

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Affinity Groups

Accessibility Affinity Group Meeting Leader(s): Rev. Darren McDonald When/where: Monday, 1 July at 9:30pm  – Embassy Room The Accessibility Council is called to identify and seek solutions to obstacles that are encountered when people with disabilities attempt to access and/or to contribute to our local ministries and to the global MCC movement and to increase …

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General Conference 2013 Awards Ecumenical Award Recipient: Rev. Gary Paterson MCC bestows the Ecumenical Award to a person who is dedicated to the values of ecumenism and inter-religious cooperation, and who “builds bridges that liberates and unites.” This Ecumenical Award recognizes Reverend Gary Paterson as the first openly gay Moderator of the United Church of …

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Bible Study

Bible Study – Global Readings of the Bible Each Bible study at General Conference this year will feature an interactive opportunity to consider a biblical text from a global perspective. Presenters will be ‘queering’ a biblical story from their unique social location and inviting participants to discuss the impact of that interpretation on their own …

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Book Signings

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Business Meeting

ATTENTION DELEGATES: General Conference XXV Business Meeting Documents are now available to download. Click Here to go to the document download page. Governing Board Candidate Slate: click here to view the announcement, read the bios, and watch videos from the Governing Board candidates. The General Conference Business Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, July 2, 2013, …

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Children/Youth Program

Resurrection MCC Children, Youth and Teen Ministries is thrilled to offer an incredible week of “storying the Bible” with our MCC families! Each day of General Conference 2013 we will engage our faith together as we “Live the Story: Believe!” with our next generation! This powerful experiential faith-development process, inspired by Michael Novelli’s model of …

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Pre-Conference Institutes

Creating a Life that Matters (CLM) Train The Trainer Wednesday, 26 June 2013 – Saturday, 29 June 2013 LET THIS BE THE YEAR THAT YOU KICK OFF CREATING A LIFE THAT MATTERS IN YOUR CHURCH! Many of you have been trying to get to this for years and others of you have sent trainers to …

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Please note that this is a tentative schedule and may be subject to change. NOTE: The Chicago Pride Parade is currently scheduled for the morning of Sunday, June 30, 2013. If you would like to be a part of the festivities, you might consider arriving on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Current revision: 29 May 2013 …

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Bob Johansen

Plenary Sessions

Monday, 1 July 2013 “Leading with Faith in the Future”  KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow, and author of Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World Bob has been helping organizations around the world prepare for and shape the future for nearly forty years. As a distinguished fellow at IFTF, he …

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Transfigurations Poster

Special Events

Alfredo’s Fire – Film Screening In 1998 a gay Italian writer shocked the world by setting himself on fire in St. Peter’s Square to protest the Vatican’s ban on homosexuaity. Years later, his gesture faded into obscurity. What is the flame he ignited and how deep are its shadows? By unraveling this tragic story, ALFREDO’S …

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CHOIR Want to sing in the General Conference Choir? This rewarding opportunity to sing with MCCers from around the globe only comes once every three years! If you are interested, email requesting all the music and tracks for the choir. We have mp3 audio files for each voice part to help you learn the music! …

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WORKSHOPS Provocative workshops and plenaries from “A to V “– Activism in Africa to Living in a VUCA world. Sponsored by the Offices of Church Life and Health, Emerging Ministries, Formation and Leadership Development, Moderator, and Operations. Click on a presenters name to learn more about them. Be an Excellent Employer Presented by: Barb Crabtree, Miriam Chacon-Peralta, and Patricia …

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