General Conference 2004: Photo Library

Night scene of Pittsburgh: General Conference logo
Sunset in Pittsburgh, April 2004

1. Affirmation Council Members at Work
1. Kathryn Mitchem works in her room. 2. Janet WestLee counts the till from the hospitality room. 3. Judy WestLee faces PageMaker as she and Gary Shephard prepare Affirmation's General Conference newsletter Drops of Water.

2. "Love Makes a Family" Photo Display
"Love Makes a Family" is an exhibit of photographs and interviews with families that have lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members. Through first-person accounts and positive images, this exhibit seeks to challenge and change damaging myths and stereotypes about LGBT people and their families. The exhibit was arranged to be at General Conference by the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference Reconciling Ministries and Affirmation.

May 1, 2004

3. MoSAIC Rally
About 100 United Methodist young adults and supporters rallied on May 1 to promote an all- inclusive church. The event was held by Methodist Students for an All- Inclusive Church, or MoSAIC.

4. Shower of Stoles Display
The Shower of Stoles is a collection of hundreds of liturgical stoles from gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons from twenty-three denominations in five countries. Each stole contains the story of a GLBT person who is active in the life and leadership of their faith community in some way: minister, elder, deacon, teacher, missionary, musician, administrator or active layperson.

May 4, 2004

5. Prayer Witness and Procession to David Lawrence Convention Center
More than 200 United Methodists braved near-freezing temperatures early May 4, to kneel or stand in prayer in front of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh in silent witness to their desire for inclusiveness.

6. Soulforce Demonstration
Soulforce displays a banner as delegates come back from lunch.

Photos by Gary Shephard. Click on any photo to see a larger one.