Web provides streaming video of key events


Of interest
General Conference events to see on the Web:
Opening worship – 6 p.m. April 23
Young People's Address (first ever) – 11:35 a.m. April 24
Laity Address – 2:30 p.m. April 24
Katrina Report – 9:20 a.m. April 28
Worship Serve led by Bishop Hope Morgan Ward – 8 a.m. May 2 

By United Methodist News Service

Want to see the 2008 General Conference presentation about Hurricane Katrina or Bishop Hope Morgan Ward lead worship but can't make it to Fort Worth?

Watch the events in your home.

People can watch the proceedings and gather related information online with Internet access. The proceedings will be available through GC2008.umc.org and also through the church's Web site at umc.org. Worship, special addresses, celebrations and other selected sessions will be available on live video streaming.

"We are confident we will not have the issues that affected many persons who followed the work of the General Conference on the Internet four years ago," said the Rev. Larry Hollon, general secretary of United Methodist Communications.

The denomination's Web sites often were overloaded during the 2004 meeting, resulting in shutdowns and lengthy delays in accessing  information.

Significant multimedia resources related to the 2008 General Conference already are available online at GC2008.umc.org. Among them are video and audio recordings of panel discussions from the Pre-General Conference News Briefing, held in January.

Additional informational videos are available about General Conference, and related news stories also are posted at the General Conference Web site, as well as through United Methodist News Service (umns.umc.org)

Anyone wanting to learn more about General Conference and how it works can take a free five-session online course called "Exploring General Conference" through United Methodist Communications. To register, visit http://training.umcom.org.

During General Conference, United Methodist Communications will send a daily e-mail digest of UMNS assembly coverage to anyone who subscribes to the free service. The agency also will provide an RSS feed allowing church Web sites to list General Conference headlines as UMNS stories are posted. Coverage will include print stories in English, Spanish and Korean; video stories; audio newscasts; and a General Conference photo gallery.

InfoServ, the church's free information service, will staff the meeting and respond to questions by e-mail at infoserv@umcom.org, as well as by phone.

Hollon said the goal of United Methodist Communications is to be the online leader among major denominational organizations.