If you are interested in attending General Conference to help promote the interests of small and rural churches, fill out a volunteer application form and send it back to United Methodist Rural Advocates (UMRA). The deadline for submitting applications is February 1. Volunteers will observe legislative committees during the first week of General Conference and monitor legislation that rural church advocates have sent in for consideration. General Conference will be held May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon, and all UMRA volunteers must attend the training that will be offered on Tues., May 10th beginning at 9 a.m. Room costs and other information are included in the Volunteer Application Form, and scholarships are also being offered. For more information, contact Rev. Debra Ketcham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and use “UMRA GC” in the heading.