Many articles, videos, and photos from the 2015 US National Conference have been posted online since the conference ended on July 18. They’ve been dribbled out via UBCentral and Connect. Now that coverage of the conference has finished, it’s time to compile everything in one place.
Here is where you can find all of those articles, videos, and photos.
These articles about the National Conference have been posted on UBCentral.
Step by Step Through the 2015 Business Meeting. A blow-by-blow summary report of the business meeting on July 16, 2015. It covers each proposal that the delegates considered.
On the Floor in Choosing a New Bishop. An extended report on the discussions regarding the bishop’s office. Includes the text of the remarks by Todd Fetters.
The National Conference Debate on Same-Sex Marriage. An extended report on the floor discussion around the two proposals which dealt with same-sex marriage.
Six Men Ordained at National Conference 2015. A look at the six persons ordained during the closing service on July 18, 2015.
The 2015-2017 Executive Leadership Team. The complete ELT for the next two years–the eight elected members, plus the four persons appointed in early August by the ELT. You can also view them on the UB website.
In Memoriam. Honoring United Brethren pastors, missionaries, and others who passed away during the previous two years.
Consecration Service. During the concluding service on July 18, Bishop Emeritus Paul Hirschy led in a prayer of consecration for Todd and Lisa Fetters, with family and National Office staff gathered around.
Ordination Service. Six men were ordained as United Brethren ministers during the concluding service on Saturday morning, July 18.
Closing Message of National Conference. The Saturday morning, July 18, message from Todd Fetters.
Handoff to 2017. The closing minutes of the National Conference, most of which involved a promotion for the 2017 US National Conference to be held in Lancaster, Pa.
Nearly 450 photos from the July 15-18 US National Conference have been posted on the United Brethren Facebook page. You’ll find them in these albums.
Tuesday, July 14 (53 photos). The day of preparation, when the National Office staff and local volunteers arrived to begin setting things up.
Wednesday, July 15 (77). Preparations continued, with registration starting at noon. Attendees arrived all afternoon. At 6:30, the conference began with the first evening worship service. The worship team from Colwood UB church (Caro, Mich.) led the worship time, and Dr. Wayne Schmidt spoke. A reception was held afterwards.
Thursday, July 16 (78 photos). The day started with a breakfast for delegates, sponsored by Logos Bible Software. The business session consumed the rest of the morning and afternoon. The evening service again featured the Colwood worship team and a message from Dr. Wayne Schmidt. Afterwards came a reception sponsored by the exhibitors.
Friday am, July 17 (73 photos). The morning featured 19 workshops in two time slots.
July l7 Retiree Luncheon (27 photos). Retired pastors and spouses met at noon in the ResLife Olive Tree restaurant for a very nice meal. Dr. Kent Maxwell hosted the event, and gave the pastors and spouses opportunity to give an update on their lives. Dr. Mike Wanous, from Huntington University, spoke about his spiritual and occupational journey.
Friday pm, July 17 (38 photos). A new worship team for the evening service, this one from First UB church in Holly Hill, Fla. Dr. Wayne Schmidt gave his final message to the conference. After the service came an ice cream reception sponsored by Global Ministries.
Saturday, July 18 (97 photos). The closing service, at 9:30, featured a number of elements: the Florida worship team; a consecration time for Todd Fetters as he prepared to assume the responsibilities of the bishop; a message from Todd Fetters; the ordination of six men; a communion service; and a clever promotional for the 2017 US National Conference in Lancaster, Pa.
Official conference website.
Reports and proposals for the business meeting.
United Brethren Discipline. The conference made several revisions to the United Brethren Discipline. Everything has been updated. You can view the Discipline online or download it as a PDF file.