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Special General Conference Adjourns With Uncertainty

2/26/2019
"Gracious God we are your children standing in need of your wisdom and of a vision larger than ourselves. Pour your Holy Spirit upon us." - Bishop Sue praying at the Special General Conference As United Methodists leave St. Louis and the 2019 Special General Conference, there is much we don't know. After a day of debate and discussion, the majority voted in favor of the Traditional Plan (438 to 384) in today's plenary session. However, a portion of the plan is known to be unconstitutional. The ...



In Legislative Committee, Majority Vote to Advance Only Traditional Plan and Disaffiliation Plans

2/25/2019
Photo: Rev. Joe Harris, Chair (Mike Dubose, UMNS)  On Day 2 of the Special General Conference, the 864-member body met as a legislative committee. Rev. Joe Harris of the Oklahoma Conference served as chair. All 76 petitions were before the legislative committed to determine which petitions will be voted on by the conference in plenary session tomorrow. Today the body only sent forward the Traditional Plan with amendments and two plans that allow churches, with some limitations, to leave the ...



Delegates Worship, Hear Way Forward Report, Begin Legislative Session

2/24/2019
Just as North Georgia United Methodists began gathering for worship this morning, General Conference convened for its first official day of the 2019 Special Session with worship.  Bishop Ken Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, preached.  Acknowledging that all gathered brought enough luggage for a few days and some measure of anxiety, he lifted the assurance that so many are praying for this body around the world.  Bishop Carter preached that "God is able." Paraphrasing John Wesley ...



General Conference Begins with Prayer and Fasting

2/23/2019
Today marked the beginning of a significant time in the life of The United Methodist Church. Eight hundred and sixty-four delegates, bishops, media and observers gathered in St. Louis at the Dome at America’s Center for a Day of Prayer and Preparation. The day was organized by the Praying Our Way Forward team, led by Bishop Deborah Wallace-Padgett and Bishop Al Gwinn. The Praying Our Way Forward effort began in 2016 in the North Carolina Conference, and wrapped up in the West Angola Episcopal ...



United Methodists Meet in St. Louis for Worldwide Conference

2/20/2019
Delegates and observers from around the world will gather at the Dome at America’s Center, February 24-26, 2019, for the Special Session of the United Methodist General Conference. The General Conference is the only body that speaks officially for the 12.6 million-member church. The event will be available via live video streaming at UMC.org/live. The day preceding the start of General Conference, February 23, has been designated as a day of preparation and prayer as a culmination of the Praying...



Approaching General Conference: Pastoral Letter on Diverse Understandings

2/15/2019
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has received several questions asking for help in understanding United Methodist sisters and brothers in Christ who feel differently on the topic of human sexuality. She offers a reflection from Rev. Dr. Dan Johnson, who recently retired. He wrote the reflection below to Trinity UMC in Gainesville, Florida, following the 2016 General Conference. How can Christians see this issue so differently from one another? The truth is that within our Trinity family (and the ...



General Conference to Begin with Day of Prayer

2/7/2019
The Praying Our Way Forward team of the Council of Bishops has released details of a Day of Prayer, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST in the St. Louis America’s Center Convention Complex on Saturday, February 23, the first day of the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. The event will be live-streamed at www.umc.org/live. The denomination-wide 'Praying Our Way Forward' initiative launched on New Year’s Day 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist ...



'Don't Be Anxious, Be in Prayer': North Georgia's Delegation Wraps Up Preparation Meetings

11/26/2018
Photo: North Georgia's Delegation at work at their final gathering before the 2019 Special General Conference By SYBIL DAVIDSON   North Georgia's delegation to General Conference 2019 has been preparing for their work in St. Louis for more than a year. They held their final in-person meeting last month.  Gathering at Mount Pisgah UMC in Johns Creek, delegation chair Mathew Pinson offered the devotional. Pinson was elected to the role in 2015 for the 2016 General Conference and reaffirmed for ...



Special General Conference: Advance Daily Christian Advocate Available Online

11/5/2018
The Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA), the official journal of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church is 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. “At their October meeting, the Commission on the General Conference voted to release the ADCA ...

UMC Judicial Council Rules 'One Church Plan' Largely Constitutional

10/26/2018
In a decision released October 26, the United Methodist Judicial Council found the the One Church Plan to be largely constitutional, the Traditional Plan was found to have significant constitutional problems, and the Judicial Council deemed that it did not have jurisdiction over the Connectional Plan. Using the General Conference legislative process, individual members of the Commission on a Way Forward will work alongside delegates to think through how all three plans might be amended based ...

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