General Information

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Below is all the information you need to know about the Conference.



HOST: The Fifth Episcopal District of the CME Church

HOST BISHOP:  Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton

LOCAL HOST COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS: Rev. Lamont Johnson and Ms. Paula Kay

EMAIL:  5thcmegeneral@gmail.com

PHONE: 1-855-CME-1870

 

REGISTRATION

Delegates, alternates and orderlies have been registered by your Presiding Bishop.
Please do not register again. Contact your Bishop if you have questions about your registration.

 Observers, visitors, and guests can register online
here or click here to download a registration form to mail in.
 

SOUVENIR JOURNAL

The information to put your picture or ad in the Souvenir Journal can be found
here. Deadline for receipt of picture/ad and payment is April 8, 2018.
 


HOTELS

 The main hotels for the General Conference are:

 Sheraton Hotel, 2101 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd, Birmingham AL 35203

Westin Hotel, 2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35203

 All the space in these hotels are occupied by delegates, alternates, church leadership and special guests.  These reservations have been made through the Presiding Bishops.  Please  contact your Bishop if you have a question about your reservation. You will receive information indicating which hotel you have been assigned to by mid-May.

 The hotels for other attendees to make their own reservations are as follows:

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 808 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205                                                                                                         

This hotel is 2.5 miles from the BJCC meeting area. 

TO GET THE CONFERENCE RATE OF $129 plus tax YOU MUST REGISTER and a link will be  provided. Deadline for reservations is May 20, 2018.

Tutwiler Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel, 2021 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203                                            

This hotel is less than a mile from the BJCC meeting area.                                                                                                                                  

TO GET THE CONFERENCE RATE OF $139 plus tax YOU MUST REGISTER first and a link will be provided. Deadline for reservations is May 20, 2018.

Check in time is 3 pm. Requests for early check-ins must be directed to the hotels.



AIRFARE

Birmingham is served by several major airlines.  The airport code is BHM. The airport is less than 5 miles from downtown Birmingham.

Discount Rates are available from:

Delta Airlines
Meeting Ticket Designator/Meeting Code: NMREB

Reservations and ticketing is available via www.delta.com/meetings or by calling the Delta Meeting Network Reservations at 800-328-1111.

When booking online at www.delta.com/meetings, select 'Book Your Flight' and enter the Meeting Code NMREB in the box provided.

 
United Airlines

Travel between 6/17/18 - 7/2/18

US 50 States & Canada Customers: call your professional travel agency, book online via united.com or call United Reservations Meetings Desk at 800-426-1122 and provide the Z Code ZET2 and Agreement Code 269884.

Passengers outside the US 50 States & Canada: call your professional travel agency, book online via united.com or email groupmeetings@united.com and provide your preferred itinerary, agreement code and meeting Z code. Please allow 24 hours for email requests to be processed.
 
US and Canada
        7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. CST, Monday - Friday
        7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST, Saturday - Sunday
 
All other locations:

Contact their preferred travel agent and provide the discount program information (see Travel Agent information below)

Email your preferred itinerary and Meeting Agreement and Z codes to United Meetings at groupmeetings@united.com.  Please allow 24 hours for email requests to be processed.


GROUND TRANSPORTATION TO FROM/AIRPORT

 
A free shuttle to the Sheraton and Westin Hotels are available to/from the airport. Call 205-324- 5000 (Sheraton) or 205-307-3600 (Westin) to get times of service.

  A free shuttle to the Doubletree is available to/from the airport. Call 205-933-9000 to get times of service.

 The Tutwiler Hampton Inn and Suites does not have an airport shuttle.

A private shuttle can be arranged by calling Prideline Transportation, call 205-703-7993 for prices and reservations, website: www.pridelinebus.com.  Please ask for individual shuttle service with the CME Conference.

 Taxis to the hotels are available.  The hotels are 3-7 miles from the airport. The ride is 10-20 minutes to all hotels.

 Lyft and Uber also serve the area.

 

HOTEL PARKING  (Prices are as of December 2017 and are subject to change)

 
Sheraton Hotel – Self-parking $6 per day,  Valet parking $25 per day

 Westin Hotel – Self-parking $6 per day, Valet parking $25 per day

 Doubletree Hotel – Self-parking $5 per day, Valet parking $18 per day

 Tutwiler Hampton Inn and Suites – Valet Only $12 + 10% per day   

               
MEETING LOCATIONS

The General Conference opening Communion Service on Saturday morning, June 23rd and the Sunday  School and Sunday Worship on June 24th will be at the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom. 

 All other sessions of the General Conference including the closing session on Friday, June 29th will be in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC)-East Exhibit Hall and Meeting Rooms, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35203.

 
SCHEDULE

A full schedule can be viewed here


Note: Delegates and alternates should plan to arrive no later than 5 pm on Friday, June 22nd.  Episcopal District Caucus meetings are Friday night at 7pm.  The official opening is Saturday, June 23rd at 9 am with a Communion Service.

 
TRANSPORTATION TO MEETING SITE

 
The Sheraton and Westin Hotels are within walking distance of the BJCC. Walking shoes are highly recommended.  Golf carts for seniors will be available on a limited basis. If you have mobility issues, it is recommended that you rent a scooter (see rental information below).

Complimentary bus service will be available between the Tutwiler Hampton Inn Hotel and the  Doubletree Hotel in the mornings and evenings.  Reservations are required.  Please sign-up fo this service on your registration form.



PARKING AT THE MEETING VENUE (BJCC)

 There is ample parking available at the BJCC, at varying walking distances and prices. A map of     the BJCC and parking can be found at http://www.bjcc.org/map-of-bjcc-campus.php. 

 TRAVEL ADVISORY- there is highway construction in the area.  Please allow extra time to arrive and park.


SCOOTER RENTAL

Attendees who desire to rent a scooter can make arrangements for delivery and payment through  Elrod Mobility, 1930 3rd Ave N, Bessemer, AL 35020, Phone: (205) 823-8181. The current rate is $150 plus tax per week with a $75 delivery fee, prices subject to change.  Scooters may also be reserved with Mobility Central by calling 205-916-0670. There will be a designated pick-up area for all rentals.  There will be NO on-site rentals available.


EXHIBIT AND VENDOR SPACE

  Persons interested in exhibit and vending space should call the Department of Publications at 901-396-5400 to request contract information. Deadline for reserving space is June 1st.

 
PACKAGES (Delivered to Hotel Guests Only)

The Sheraton and Westin will accept delivery of packages at a 25% delivery rate discount. There is also a $5 per box handling fee. Contact hotel for instructions and to set-up payment.

 The Doubletree by Hilton will store and deliver packages at a discount rate of $8 per day per package. Contact hotel for instructions and to set-up payment.

 Contact the Tutwiler Hotel directly for information on package delivery.

Packages may NOT be sent to the BJCC.

If you desire to ship packages to a local church instead of the hotel, please complete this
form and submit it as instructed.
 

THINGS TO DO

Birmingham is the seat of the modern civil rights movement with numerous historical sites to see, Visit birminghamal.org for additional information on the area.

 

QUESTIONS?

                Email
5thcmegeneral@gmail.com  or call 1-855-CME-1870.