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  • General Conference to Move to 2021

    The Minneapolis Convention Center. Photo by Dan Anderson

    Subsequent to the announcement by the Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference that the 2020 General Conference will be postponed, the full Commission met March 21, 2020 to determine next steps to take in setting a new date.

    After hearing recommendations from Sara Hotchkiss, Business Manager of the General Conference, and discussion of possible alternatives, the Commission made a determination that the General Conference will not meet in 2020 as originally planned and elected to work toward setting a date in 2021.

    In giving direction for next steps, the Commission resolved that holding the event in Minneapolis is a high priority and authorized the business manager to pursue negotiations regarding other dates available at the Minneapolis Convention Center in 2021.

    Read press release

  • Group Looking at New General Conference Dates

    General Conference organizers are exploring potential new dates for The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly after the coronavirus pandemic forced postponement. “Details are not yet being released because the business manager is negotiating arrangements,” the Rev. Gary George, the secretary of the Commission on the General Conference, said at the conclusion of the group’s meeting. George said the group would share more information March 23. Read UM News story

  • Church Leaders Postpone 2020 General Conference

    With the global impact of the coronavirus, General Conference organizers decided they have no choice but to postpone the denomination's legislative assembly. The venue that was scheduled to host is canceling large events through the first five days of the big meeting.
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    Read UM News story

  • 40 Days of Prayer

    Perhaps more than ever before in our lives as United Methodists, we need prayer to enfold the delegates, observers, and leaders who will be converging on Minneapolis for General Conference 2020. Beginning March 26, all are invited to join in 40 days of prayer leading up to General Conference. The Upper Room has partnered with the General Conference Worship Team to create the prayer guide Be Still and Know: 40 Days of Prayer for General Conference. The forty meditations contained in this volume reflect on the weekly scriptures of the Revised Common Lectionary by writers from all parts of the global church. More information will be available at umcprays.org  in the coming weeks, though the website is not active yet.

  • Think Tank to Look at GC2020 Possibilities

    General Conference organizers have named a think tank to explore different ways for processing legislation at this year's gathering of The United Methodist Church's top lawmaking body. Read UM News story

  • Understanding the Protocol - Resource for Local Churches

    The Bishop's Task Force has created the following resource about the "Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation" for local churches. It includes an overview of the Protocol, quick facts for local churches, actions that the local church can take, and additional resources. Church leaders are invited to share this with their congregations and may run it in newsletters or Sunday materials.

  • Conferences to Vote on Forwarding Protocol Legislation

    Several United Methodist annual conference have plans to vote on whether to forward legislation to the 2020 General Conference for the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation. Though the protocol itself made international news with its announcement in early January, the legislation to enact it has just been released. Read protocol legislation.

    The Philippines Conference Cavite became the first annual conference to endorse the protocol during their regular session, February 12 – 14. Read UM News story.

    At least two United Methodist annual conferences – Michigan and Sierra Leone - plan to vote next month on whether to forward the legislation to the 2020 General Conference. Read UM News story.

  • Connectional Table Webinar to Detail U.S. Regional Conference Plan

    A live webinar, "Five Things to Know About United States Regional Conference," is planned for Feb. 20. It will address questions and concerns about legislation that the Connectional Table submitted to General Conference 2020 for consideration. Read news release

  • Plans for Late-Arriving GC2020 Legislation

    The group that organizes General Conference held a special meeting to discuss the process for receiving legislation — such as the protocol — after the usual petition deadline. The group also received an update on challenges to delegates getting required visas. Read UM News story

  • General & Jurisdictional Conference Informational Sessions with the Wisconsin Delegation

    The Wisconsin Delegation has scheduled informational sessions throughout the Wisconsin Annual Conference in the coming months. The purpose of these gatherings is to provide information and answer questions about what is coming before the General Conference in May and Jurisdictional Conference in July. There is also an informational session scheduled for those attending Laity Convocation on March 14. These sessions are open to all who are interested - take a look and plan to come to one near you! 

  • Submitted GC2020 Legislation Now Online

    The Advance Daily Christian Advocate, which contains the agenda, delegate listings and already submitted legislation for the 2020 General Conference, is now out. Delegates should be receiving print copies in the mail. People also can download the material in English, French, Portuguese and Kiswahili, at the link. See Advance Daily Christian Advocate

  • Top Court Sets Its Pre-General Conference Docket

    The United Methodist Judicial Council has a 14-item docket to consider during its spring meeting, which will take place just before General Conference 2020. Five of the items are related to the October 2019 special session of the Greater New Jersey Conference. Also on the docket is the continuation of a request from the court's fall session regarding the issue of improper voting during the special General Conference in 2019. Read UM News story. Read docket

  • Comparison of Proposals to General Conference 2020

    UM News and Ask the UMC have created a chart comparing proposals from various groups about the structure of The UMC. It does not include proposals from individuals. View chart.

  • Comparing Plans Headed To GC2020

    Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, has updated its chart outlining denomination restructuring plans to be considered at the 2020 General Conference. The plans include the recently announced "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." View chart
    Diverse leaders' group offers separation plan

  • Watch Livestreamed Panel Discussion on Separation Plan

    Members of the team that developed a new proposal for The United Methodist Church's future will be interviewed in a livestreamed panel discussion on Monday, Jan. 13. Conducted by UM News, the 60-minute interview will be streamed on the UM News Facebook page and umnews.org beginning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern U.S. Time. The interview will be recorded and archived on umnews.org for future viewing. Read story
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  • Reflection from Bishop Jung on the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation

    My sacred and beloved siblings in Christ, our Council of Bishops endorsed the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation proposal that offers an end to the current deep division in our United Methodist Church.  I have mixed feelings about the proposal and what it means.

    On the one hand, it not only recognizes our differences, but honors a very broad spectrum of beliefs, interpretations, visions, and desires for the church.  Not everyone will be happy, but that has been part of our dilemma – there is no way forward that everyone will agree with or support.  Our guidance to “Do No Harm,” comes to a place of doing the least harm possible in the short term, that we might do more good in the long term.  The Protocol offers a way for moderate and progressive United Methodists to be in ministry in a fully inclusive church and for traditionalists to continue in a ministry that honors certain restrictions.  This also recognizes that there is no healthy, adequate “one-size-fits-all” polity and doctrine for a wondrously diverse global church.  We have arrived at a place where graceful autonomy is required for different regions of our planet to make decisions that allow for effective ministry and witness.  The decisions most appropriate for The United Methodist Church in the United States are not appropriate for Africa, Russia, the Philippines, or other regions of our church.  We progress, we evolve, we adapt at different levels, in different ways, at different times.  In this case, unity has not been a strength. 

  • Council of Bishops Statement: Representatives Sign Agreement Aimed at Separation

    A diverse group of representatives from United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world has collaborated on a proposed agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church (UMC) that has the unanimous support of all the parties involved. The agreement, the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, was achieved on December 17, 2019, and announced January 3, 2020. Read full Council of Bishops statement.

  • Delegates Offer Proposal for Church Unity

    United Methodist leaders from Africa, Europe and the Philippines are offering a "Christmas Covenant" for unity and inviting others to sign on. UM News reports. Read story

  • As GC2020 Nears, Fewer Keep to the Sidelines

    United Methodists across the theological spectrum are taking public stands on the homosexuality debate and strategizing for the coming General Conference. As denominational leaders weigh whether or how to split, more church members are speaking out. UM News reports. Read story

  • Revised Social Principles Reflect Worldwide Church

    For the past eight years, a diverse group of writers and editors has been revising the denomination's Social Principles, which long have been an expression of the Wesleyan commitment to social holiness for The United Methodist Church. The revision heads to the 2020 General Conference for approval. UM News reports. Read story