General Conference

Southeastern Jurisdiction Votes to Unite the Memphis and the Tennessee Annual Conferences

Newly Formed Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference will Launch in January Adapted from a UMNS Report By Heather Hahn At a special session on Wednesday, July 21, the delegates of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference worshiped, received video updates from across the jurisdiction, and approved realigning the boundaries of Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences to create the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference.  Bishop James Swanson of the Mississippi Conference presided over the ...

Postponed General Conference: How to Stay Informed

Having twice been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 United Methodist General Conference is now scheduled for Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 2022, in Minneapolis. Even a year away, many United Methodists want to be sure they and informed on the upcoming global gathering and have access to accurate information.  Find a few helpful and reliable resources below:  North Georgia Conference General Conference Page  |  The North Georgia Conference communication office ...

SEJ College of Bishops Calls for Special Session

The College of Bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, in accordance with ¶521 of the 2016 Book of Discipline, has called a special session of the jurisdictional conference on July 21, 2021. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held virtually. The purpose of the special session is to vote on a proposed resolution to unite the Memphis Annual Conference and the Tennessee Annual Conference into the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference. Delegates will also ...

General Conference FAQ: Understanding the Decisions and Process

A UMNS Photo by Mike Dubose The Commission on the General Conference has just announced its decision to further postpone the 2020 General Conference until Aug. 29 – Sept. 6, 2022 in Minneapolis, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the safety of mass gatherings and travel. In response to the further postponement, the Council of Bishops (COB) is calling a Special Session of the General Conference to be convened online on May 8, 2021. The purpose of the Special Session will be limited to...

Talking About the Protocol with Rev Tom Berlin

As a member of the team that worked with mediator Ken Feinberg to produce the Protocol on Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation and Restructuring, Rev. Tom Berlin has received a number of questions about both the Protocol and accompanying legislation. In this 20 minute video he answers those questions.  Watch at 

SEJ Heads of Delegations Affirm Protocol

Photo: Many of the SEJ heads of delegations for the 2020 General Conference gathered in Atlanta in December. The clergy and lay heads of 2020 General Conference Delegations from the Southeastern Jurisdiction released a statement last week affirming the work of those who developed the “Protocol of Grace & Reconciliation Through Separation." In the statement, which they sent to the Commission on General Conference, the Delegation Heads call for the Protocol be among the first legislative items ...

Help Your Congregation Get Ready for General Conference

BY SCOTT HUGHES Pray – Be in prayer, as individuals and as a church community, for General Conference, delegates, and for discernment. Use The Upper Room prayer guide:  Be Still and Know: 40 Days of Prayer for General Conference. Get information from trusted news services. Check the North Georgia Conference General Conference webpage,, regularly. Sign up for Conference e-newsletters.  Sign up for the Daily Digest from the UM News Service. United Methodist News Service ...

North Georgia Delegation Endorses Byron Thomas as Episcopal Nominee

The members of the North Georgia Conference Delegation have endorsed the Rev. Dr. Byron E. Thomas as their episcopal nominee.    Rev. Dr. Thomas is currently senior pastor of Ben Hill UMC in Atlanta. He is chair of the North Georgia Conference Delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.  Rev. Dr. Thomas has served as Senior Pastor of Ben Hill UMC since June 2013 where his focus has been on strengthening the link between spiritual formation and missions. Placing a premium on ...

2020 General Conference Logo Unveiled

The Commission on the General Conference has unveiled the logo for the 2020 General Conference to accompany the theme, “…and know that I am God,” based on an excerpt from Psalm 46:10. The entire verse reads: “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations. I am exalted in the earth.” (NRSV), although the verse number may vary in non-English translations. United Methodist Communications designed the logo, which is used to maintain a consistent visual identity for the 2020 ...

Fascinating Discussion Leads to GC 2020 Theme: ' ... And Know That I am God'

General Conference organizers chose “…and know I am God” as the theme of the 2020 United Methodist General Conference, but not before discovering the Psalm’s words and even its verse numbers vary by translation depending on the language. Read about the fascinating discussion in this UM News Service report at

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