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


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


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


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 ...

Bishops announce results of five constitutional amendments; two fail to get required two-thirds majority


The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has completed canvassing the votes of annual conferences on the five constitutional amendments that were approved by the 2016 General Conference. Summary of Votes by Annual Conferences Amendment Total “Yes” Votes Total “No” Votes % of Yes Votes Amendment I  31,304  15,753 66.5% Amendment II  29,049  18,317 61.3% Amendment III  42,639 4,578 90.3% Amendment IV  43,770 3,340 92.9% Amendment V...

Volunteer marshals and pages sought for 2019 Special Session of the General Conference


Beginning April 4, 2018, volunteers will be able to apply online to serve as marshals or pages during the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The denomination’s top legislative assembly will meet February 23-26, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri, in the U.S.  Approximately 150 volunteers are needed to serve as marshals and pages during General Conference. Applicants must be able to serve all four days of the Special Session.  Marshals will be part of the team ...

Commission on General Conference Looks Toward 2019 and 2020


Meeting at Camp Sumatanga in Gallant, Ala. for their fall meeting, the Commission on General Conference announced the America’s Center Convention Complex will be the venue for the 2019 special session of the General Conference, to be held February 23-26 in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Sara Hotchkiss, General Conference business manager, reported that hospitality for the 2019 event will be provided by the two annual conferences in the surrounding Greater St. Louis area -- the Missouri Annual ...

Status report from the Commission on a Way Forward released


Dear Friends, A status report from the Commission on a Way Forward was released yesterday. Note that as the report states, we are still in the “sketching” stage. We have met four times with five additional meetings remaining before a final recommendation is made to the Council of Bishops and eventually the 2019 General Conference. Please feel free to share on social media and various church settings as you deem helpful. YouTube link:​   PDF version of status ...

UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019


The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. In announcing the call, COB President Bishop Bruce R. Ough said the Special Session will be held in accordance with Division Two - Section II - Article II of The Constitution of The United Methodist Church as recorded in Paragraph 14 of The Book of Discipline (2016). The purpose of the 2019 Special Session of the ...

Bishop's Prayer for a Way Forward


O God of Light and Revelation, We rejoice in your light, perfectly revealed in your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. We pray that during this season of Epiphany, you will radiate your light through us in ways that transform us and draw others to you. We lift up to you our beloved United Methodist Church. We are grateful for the many places around the globe where we play a role in your work of making disciples and transforming the world. We ask that you help us to become increasingly effective in ...

Praying Our Way Forward Phase 2 Commences January 1


The second phase of the "Praying Our Way Forward" initiative will be launched New Year’s Day with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. The effort will begin January 1 in the North Carolina Conference, and wrap up in the West Angola Episcopal area in June 2018. "The aim of 'Praying Our Way Forward' is to ask and listen for God’s leadership at this critical time in the life of our church,” said Bishop Al Gwinn, who co-chairs the initiative. Co-chair Bishop Debra ...

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