The Council of Bishops announced the call to a special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. The special meeting of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly will be limited to acting on a report by Council of Bishops, based on the proposals from the Commission on the Way Forward. The 32-member commission, appointed by the bishops, has the charge of finding ways for the denomination to stay together despite deep differences around homosexuality. General Conference is the only body that can speak for the denomination. “The Council of Bishops encourages the entire church to continue in deep, unceasing prayer for Holy Spirit breakthroughs for the Commission on a Way Forward and the Special Session of General Conference,” said Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce Ough, the president of the Council of Bishops, in a letter released Tuesday, April 25. Click here for the full story from UMNS.

Our current Wisconsin delegation will be serving as delegates to this 2019 Special Session. This includes clergy delegates Dan Dick, Sam Royappa, Steve Zekoff (Delegation Chair) and Amanda Stein (Clergy Reserve Delegate); and laity delegates Lisa King, Barbara Dick, Gail Burgess, and Katie Crise (Lay Reserve Delegate). If any of our elected delegates are unable to serve, our jurisdictional delegates will be moved up in the order of their election (clergy Jorge Mayorga Solis and Dan Schwerin, and laity Tom Popp and Judy Vasby). Wisconsin delegates to the 2020 General Conference will be elected at the 2019 Annual Conference session.