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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Postponed 2020 General Conference


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 ...

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


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


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


Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.   The United Methodist Church’s Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters has launched—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


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


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


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


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)


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


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....

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