At the 2019 Session of the Wisconsin Annual Conference in June, we will be electing three Lay and three Clergy Delegates to the 2020 General Conference and another three Lay and three Clergy Delegates to the North Central Jurisdictional Conference. Please read Election of Delegates for a full explanation of delegate eligibility, expectations and other important information. If you are ready, willing and able to make the required commitments and would like to be considered as a candidate for election, please complete the Delegate Candidate Form and submit to the Conference Secretary by Friday, April 5, 2019. Submission of a full biographical sketch is not required, but it does indicate your interest and dedication to serving as a delegate, and provides valuable information for those who are voting.

This chaplaincy position provides visitation ministry to United Methodists hospitalized in Madison hospitals. It is a 15 hrs/wk part time position. The United Methodist Hospitals Ministry is one of the ministries of the Health & Welfare Committee of the Annual Conference and has been in existence for over 45 years. It provides a chaplain as ministry support and spiritual care to hospitalized parishioners and their families. The chaplain serves as a colleague and connecting bridge to parish pastors, standing in for them when timely visitation of their hospitalized parishioners is not possible.

The Wisconsin Conference Connectional Table Executive Team is joining with three other denominations to sponsor this cooperative, ecumenical event to promote healing across racial divides. Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North will be on Saturday, April 13 at The Beloved Community of Intercession Episcopal and Redeemer Lutheran, 900 Brilowski Road, east side of Stevens Point. The morning includes a viewing of the award-winning film Traces of the Trade followed by discussion led by its creator, Katrina Browne. The afternoon includes information about Sacred Ground, a new free resource from the Episcopal Church which is a film-based race dialogue series for small groups in congregations. View event flyer or register at diofdl.org/tott.

Clergy, spouses and lay employees participating in the HealthFlex active health insurance plan (not retirees) are encouraged to sign up today for the BluePrint for Wellness health check during Annual Conference. The results will provide you the information you need to complete your HealthQuotient by July 31, and avoid paying a higher deductible on your health insurance in 2020.

The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation is expanding its staff and looking for a Senior Vice President. This is a full-time position with benefits. View the job description here. If interested, please submit your resume to Eric Churan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 15, 2019.

Resistance continues to the passage of the Traditional Plan at the recent United Methodist General Conference. It’s taking different forms and drawing in people who haven’t spoken out before. Sam Hodges from UM News reports. Read story

United Methodists gathered at an ecumenical service to support cyclone survivors as relief efforts ramped-up in the hardest-hit areas of Mozambique. Joao Filimone Sambo from UM News reports. Read story

The Native American Ministries Sunday offering supports Native American outreach within annual conferences, provides seminary scholarships for Native Americans, and strengthens, develops and equips Native American rural, urban and reservation congregations, ministries and communities. Download Native American Ministries Sunday Pastor and Leader's Kit.

Registration for 2019 Wisconsin Annual Conference is now open. The theme this year will be Wilderness. Bishop Jung and the Cabinet of the Wisconsin Conference decided to change the theme in light of the results of the Special Session of General Conference.

According to paragraph 507 of The Book of Discipline, “any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference.” Details of the process for submitting petitions for consideration by the 2020 General Conference are still pending. However, we are now ready to receive petitions for the Annual Conference to consider endorsing.

At the 2019 Session of the Wisconsin Annual Conference in June, we will be electing three Lay and three Clergy Delegates to the 2020 General Conference and another three Lay and three Clergy Delegates to the North Central Jurisdictional Conference. Please read Election of Delegates for a full explanation of delegate eligibility, expectations and other important information. If you are ready, willing and able to make the required commitments and would like to be considered as a candidate for election, please complete the Delegate Candidate Form and submit to the Conference Secretary by Friday, April 5, 2019. Submission of a full biographical sketch is not required, but it does indicate your interest and dedication to serving as a delegate, and provides valuable information for those who are voting.

140 people gathered at Lake Street United Methodist Church in Eau Claire, Wisconsin for the first Bishops’ Hmong Leadership Summit on March 8 and 9. Many more attended various sessions through live-streaming on Facebook. Attendees came from Hmong United Methodist Churches and ministries in Wisconsin, Minnesota, California and North Carolina. The majority were from our own Wisconsin Annual Conference. This was the first such gathering attempting to support and strengthen our Hmong United Methodists across our denomination.

Reports for Rainbow Covenant are due March 31, 2019. Rainbow Covenant reports help the Board of Global Ministries measure local church involvement in a variety of avenues for mission giving. Mission and Outreach Committees at the local church are encouraged to use the Rainbow Covenant form as they evaluate their past year's giving and plan for the future.

The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation is expanding its staff and looking for a Senior Vice President. This is a full-time position with benefits. View the job description here. If interested, please submit your resume to Eric Churan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 15, 2019.

A group of United Methodists in Wisconsin signed the statement of “Sacred Resistance and Call to Action.” The statement is addressed to Bishop Jung and the Cabinet of the Wisconsin Conference, calling on them to, “lead us into being a radically inclusive church, fully affirming LGBTQIA+ people, which we understand as the promise of the incarnation.” Read the letter here