"Imagine a world ..." to be theme of 2012 annual conference session

by Paul Thomas, Director of Communications
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Shannon Trilli

Bishop Marcus Matthews

"Imagine a world…" will be the theme of the 2012 Detroit Annual Conference session, which will take place on Thursday-Sunday, May 17-20.
The theme is based upon "combating the diseases of poverty by improving health globally" one of The United Methodist Church's Four Areas of Focus (www.umc.org/focusareas). As part of this focus area, The United Methodist Church seeks to play a significant role in combating the diseases of poverty by educating others about diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria and treating and preventing their devastating effects. 
Shannon Trilli, the director of Global Health programs at The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will be the guest speaker during the conference, teaching about The United Methodist Church's involvement in global health initiatives as well as the denomination's Imagine No Malaria Campaign. 
As the primary representative of UMCOR’s Global Health unit, Trilli is the key liaison to all international, regional, and national collaborating health partners. She provides strategic vision and leadership to all of UMCOR’s health initiatives and oversees the implementation of those initiatives in the United States and abroad. Trilli designed and directed the Imagine No Malaria (INM) program, which focuses on implementing and scaling up community-based programs in 18 countries to reduce the mortality rate in sub-Saharan Africa due to malaria. Under her leadership, INM (on behalf of The United Methodist Church) distributed more than 600,000 mosquito nets in Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zimbabwe, among others.
Michigan Area Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton will preach during the opening worship service and the memorial service, while the Rev. Dr. William Dobbs will deliver the sermon during worship on Friday, May 18. Bishop Marcus Matthews, resident bishop of the Upper New York Area, will be the guest preacher at the Service of Ordination and Commissioning on Sunday, May 20. Matthews, who has served the Upper New York Area since 2008, is also the president of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
The 44th annual meeting of the Detroit Conference will be held on the campus of Adrian College in Adrian, Mich., the site of the previous 43 annual conference sessions. Registration for the annual conference session will open in mid-February. 

Conference Schedule

Thursday, May 17
3:30 p.m. - Opening Worship Service (Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton, preaching)
7:00 p.m. - Clergy Session and Laity Session
Friday, May 18
8:00 a.m. - Worship (Rev. Dr. William Dobbs, preaching)
9:30 a.m. - Plenary session
10:30 a.m. - Legislative Sections
1:30 p.m. - Plenary Session
5:00 p.m. - Corporate Session
7:00 p.m. - Plenary Session
Saturday, May 19
9:00 a.m. - Plenary Session
1:30 p.m. - Plenary Session
3:30 p.m. - Memorial Service (Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton, preaching)
7:00 p.m. - Plenary Session
Sunday, May 20
9:00 a.m. - Plenary Session
2:00 p.m. - Service of Ordination and Commissioning (Bishop Marcus Matthews, preaching)