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Bishops Reconsider May 8 Special Session of General Conference

3/22/2021

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church met on Monday, March 22, 2021, in an additional meeting to consider pressing matters related to the Council’s work. After much conversation, the bishops reached a decision that in the best interest of the church at this time, they would cancel the Special Session of the General Conference which was set to be convened online on May 8, 2021. The bishops announced that they will dedicate their regularly scheduled April meeting to conversation ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Postponed 2020 General Conference

3/1/2021

Dear Friends, Many of you have read the February 25 news release announcing the second postponement of the 2020 General Conference, now scheduled to take place on August 25- September 6, 2022. The Commission on General Conference made this difficult decision after months of careful discernment. Two primary factors influenced this decision. 1) It was discerned that due to the current stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, an in-person global gathering the size of a United Methodist General Conference ...


General Conference postponed to 2022; Bishops call Special Session of General Conference, issue timeline forward

2/25/2021

Today two important announcements were released regarding the postponed 2020 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. First, the Commission on General Conference has further postponed the worldwide meeting until August 29 – September 6, 2022, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Second, the Council of Bishops is calling a Special Session of the General Conference to be convened online on May 8, 2021. The purpose of the 2021 Special Session of the General Conference will be limited to gaining ...


Commission sets dates for postponed General Conference; will explore new uses of technology

5/27/2020

The Commission on the General Conference has announced new 2021 dates for General Conference following the postponement of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The quadrennial legislative event will take place on August 29 - Sept. 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. "We're grateful that we were able to secure new dates while keeping the site of General Conference in Minneapolis. Nearly seven years of pre-planning and preparations by the host team have gone...


United Methodist General Conference to be postponed until 2021

3/23/2020

Update: March 23, 2020 Subsequent to the announcement by the Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference that the 2020 General Conference will be postponed, the full Commission met March 21, 2020 to determine next steps to take in setting a new date. After hearing recommendations from Sara Hotchkiss, Business Manager of the General Conference, and discussion of possible alternatives, the Commission made a determination that the General Conference will not meet in 2020 as ...


Proposed new General Book of Discipline review documents available

2/25/2020

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.   The United Methodist Church’s Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters has launched Generalbod.org—an online resource that makes it easy to review tracked changes to the proposed new General Book of Discipline as a means of offering transparency, and informing and stimulating conversation within the church. Members can now choose to view the content as the proposed final document version or a version with edit notations. The latter highlights revised text ...


Volunteers needed for General Conference

by: UMC General Church

10/21/2019

Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles during the 2020 General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, which will meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota from May 5-15, 2020. At this time, volunteers are needed for the following positions: recorders, channel “B” identifiers and verbatim transcribers/copy editors. Recorders will serve as members of the staff of the secretary of the General Conference and work in direct support of their assigned legislative committee. ...


General Conference 2020 petition submission process opens

7/9/2019

photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS   Petitions for consideration by the 2020 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary now through September 18, 2019. According to church law, "Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference...".Petitions for consideration by the 2020 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary now through September 18, 2019. Detailed instructions for submitting a petition are ...


General Conference 2020 Deadline Extended for Worship Groups and Liturgists

7/2/2019

United Methodist choirs, worship ensembles and liturgists from around the world have an opportunity to be part of the worship experience of the 2020 General Conference. Creatives may apply* to share their talents while leading the church body during The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly meeting May 5 -15, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The deadline for submission has been extended to September 15, 2019. Individuals interested in writing original liturgy for General Conference ...


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 ...


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