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Self-nomination deadline for 2020 delegation to General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference extended to March 8

2/12/2019

The deadline for self-nominations from clergy and laity seeking to be elected delegates to the 2020 General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference has been extended to March 8, 2019. This extension allows individuals more time for personal discernment following the Special Session of General Conference meeting Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.  During the 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference which will meet June 2-4, 2019, in Huntsville, members will elect clergy and lay ...


2019 Special Session of General Conference Information (Updated Feb. 25, 2019)

1/22/2019

The Council of Bishops have called a Special Session of the General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose of the Special Session is to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward, authorized to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and to explore options to strengthen church unity. General Conference, which usually meets every four years, is the only body that can speak for the denomination. Click here for more ...


Advance Daily Christian Advocate out by November 26; electronic version now available

11/19/2018

The Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA), the official journal of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, is set to be available in a bound and printed format by November 26, with a PDF of the 2019 ADCA accessible online now. The Book of Discipline requires that the ADCA be available to delegates at least 90 days before the opening day of General Conference. For the 2019 Special Session, which officially opens February 24th in St. Louis, that date is November 26....


2019 Special Session of General Conference pre-registration now available for guests and observers

11/4/2018

Guests and observers to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference, the United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, may now pre-register online. General Conference will meet in St. Louis, Missouri, at the America’s Center on February 23-26, 2019. Guest and observer registration is required to attend the General Conference sessions. There is a suggested badge fee of $7 for early registration and $10 for on-site registration to offset the costs of the credentialing process. Early ...


Judicial Council hearings to be accessible via livestream

10/14/2018

The United Methodist Judicial Council will partner with United Methodist Communications to livestream oral hearings held during the Council’s fall meeting at the Placid Hotel in Zürich, Switzerland. All of the oral hearings will take place on October 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m. CEST (Central European Summer Time) – which is six hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time. The hearings will be open to the public and broadcast on the denomination’s website, www.UMC.org/live, as well as via Facebook at ...


Single legislative committee to allow for full delegate participation at 2019 Special Session of General Conference

10/9/2018

Meeting October 4-5, 2018 in St. Simons Island, Georgia, the Commission on the General Conference adopted a plan for the legislative structure of the Special Session of the 2019 General Conference. The Commission on the General Conference has determined by a unanimous vote that there will be only one legislative committee —to which all delegates will be assigned — for the Special Session of the 2019 General Conference. All legislation deemed in harmony with the call will be assigned to that ...


Courageous Conversations resources from Discipleship Ministries help congregations discuss Commission on a Way Forward plans

9/13/2018

United Methodist congregations can face potentially difficult discussions about plans submitted by the Commission on a Way Forward by using resources available from the Courageous Conversations project at Discipleship Ministries.   The commission’s three plans, which will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference, offer ways to move the denomination past its decades-long struggle with issues around LGBTQ.   “So how do we have conversations about the plans so that ...


Way Forward report released in all four official languages of General Conference

7/31/2018

The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in all four official languages of the General Conference: English, French, Portuguese and Swahili.  The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Subject to final copy editing, the report will be printed in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) in November. Here is a statement from the moderators of the Commission and the President of the Council of Bishops on the release of the report: ...


Petition submission for 2019 Special Session of General Conference

6/7/2018

Petitions for the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church may be submitted to the petitions secretary beginning June 6, 2018 until July 8, 2018. On May 25, 2018, the Judicial Council ruled that petitions to the special General Conference 2019 "may be filed by any organization, clergy member and lay member of the United Methodist Church as long as the business proposed to be transacted in such petition is in harmony with the purpose stated in the call," which...


Bishops, The Upper Room launch Phase 3 of Praying our Way Forward

5/23/2018

The Council of Bishops in partnership with The Upper Room is launching Phase 3 of Praying our Way Forward. Phase 1 involved 84 members of the Council of Bishops praying for The United Methodist Church’s way forward for 15 minutes daily, from August to December 2016. This was followed by Phase 2, which resulted in 18 continuous months of daily individual and corporate prayer by faithful members of annual conferences around the globe. “Now we are ready to launch Phase 3, which begins June 3 and ...


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