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Saturday, February 23, 2019 to Tuesday, February 26, 2019
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2/26/2019 6:35:00 PM
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 At the 2019 Special Called Session of the General Conference, Rev. Donna Pritchard, chair of the Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team made this statement on behalf of Western Jurisdiction Leadership: "We have long ...

2/26/2019 6:30:00 PM
After hours of delaying tactics by opponents, the United Methodist General Conference 2019 delegates passed The Traditional Plan 438 to 384. A last-ditch effort to bring the One Church Plan back was defeated in the morning and was followed by ...

2/26/2019 7:00:00 AM
As the special session of the 2019 General Conference comes to its conclusion, compassionate delegates take to the mic. View several speeches below. Where will the UMC be in 100 years?   Emily Allen, Lay Delegate Rev. Motoe Yamada-Foor, Clergy ...

2/26/2019
JJ Warren: "No plan to separate us can unite us like God's love." During floor debate over the plans for a way forward, JJ Warren, Lay Delegate from the Upper New York Conference, offered this impassioned testimony for the full inclusion of LGBTQIA ...

2/25/2019
Alaska’s delegation to General Conference 2019 issued a statement endorsing the One Church Plan but acknowledges that the Alaska United Methodist Conference is diverse in geography, populations, and theology. The Alaska Conference considers itself ...

2/25/2019
 Prioritization of the legislation created a work order for the legislative committee. With newly elected officers, they were able to begin their work Sunday. Now led by Rev. Joe Harris, the delegates became a legislative committee. The first two...

2/24/2019 8:00:00 AM
Preaching Feb. 24, Council of Bishops President Kenneth H. Carter called on General Conference delegates to “watch and listen…and pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit, to make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the ...

2/24/2019
As attendees of the special called General Conference arrived at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri on Feb. 23, they were greeted by volunteers with the Mountain Sky Conference of The United Methodist Church – who were handing...

2/24/2019
By Vicki Lerdahl, Prescott UMC in the Desert Southwest Conference In October of 2016, I took family leave. I knew I had to step out of the pulpit to give my best to my family and do the best for my church. It was so heartbreaking that first year. I ...

2/24/2019
In the Feb. 24 Nashville Tennessean they not only reviewed the work of the church the church, but looked at what delegates will be doing for self care as they go through the challenging process. Pacific Northwest Clergy Mary Huycke was among ...

2/24/2019
In this 2019 Called Special Session of General Conference, all petitions will be reviewed and voted upon in one legislative committee before moving onto the plenary session, which will be the same people. What and why is this? ​ A plenary ...

2/24/2019
Amory Peck, former delegate and lay leader from the Pacific Northwest Conference, part of the team chosen to deliver the Lay Address to the 2012 General Conference, took the time to bring her wisdom to the people gathered at Nameoki United ...

2/24/2019
There is much, however, that takes place off the floor of General Conference and will not be seen by those who are sitting in front of their computers or watching Twitter on their phones. When Conference is in a large convention center with multiple ...

2/24/2019
By Cate Monaghan Interim Director of Communications, CA-NV Annual Conference of The UMC One thing can be said about United Methodists: We know how to worship! After a year of planning for a General Conference designed to move the denomination ...

2/23/2019 8:10:00 AM
The legislative work of the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church begins on Sunday, Feb. 24 with an organizational session. First order of business will be standard housekeeping items such as setting the bar and taking roll call. The...

2/23/2019
In an open letter to the delegates of the Special General Conference 2019, MARCHA sent prayers and expressed their hope that regardless of the decisions resulting from the Special Session, the unity of the church, which is not based on opinions, but ...

2/23/2019
On Saturday, as the delegates gathered for the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, their time together started with surrender. This was a surrender to God and a surrender to the Holy Spirit. It was a sign that we are giving up ...

2/23/2019
On February 23, 2019, the MARCHA West chapter hosted the WJ Young Adults Latinx group for a dialogue on issues of human sexuality to prep the young adults for what they might hear and experience during the 2019 General Conference Special Session. ...

2/21/2019
A photo gallery has been created for you to follow along with the daily activities of the general conference.  You can find the photo gallery under Quick Links column or by clicking here.

2/20/2019
Sunday February 24, 2019 - Congregational Prayer for United Methodist Church   Gracious and loving God, who leads, teaches and guides, You who offer compassion, grace and mercy, be with us now.  We passionately seek Your presence during challenging ...

2/20/2019
Friends, A special prayer (copied and linked below) has been written as part of the Praying Our Way Forward process. This congregational prayer will be included in the worship liturgy for our special called session of General Conference that begins ...

2/19/2019
[Video Transcript] The Special Called General Conference of The United Methodist Church will be held on February 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri.  Lay and clergy delegates will gather from our world-wide United Methodist connection to address one ...

2/14/2019
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño traveled to the McAllen, Texas area in late January for a meeting of The United Methodist Immigration Task Force that included a visit to the border. Kathy Gilbert, a reporter for United Methodist News Service (UMNS) – along...

2/14/2019
General Conference 2019 Is in View  Like the Emerald City, St. Louis and General Conference 2019 now are visible on the horizon. In just one week and two days, we’ll arrive at our immediate destination – and the real journey will begin.    Here are...

2/1/2019
Commission on the General Conference FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1, 2019   Nashville, Tennessee: The Commission on the General Conference has devised a process for determining the order in which legislative proposals will be considered by the ...

1/30/2019
By Kathy L. Gilbert Jan. 30, 2019 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) If there is a divorce, who gets the church? Weeks away from the 2019 General Conference, some of the dust has settled over what petitions delegates will vote on as they peer into the ...

1/29/2019
By Heather Hahn Jan. 29, 2019 | UMNS Wesleyan Covenant Association leaders have started publicizing the group’s plans for responding to whatever the special General Conference does next month. The unofficial advocacy group’s overall message to its ...

1/28/2019
By Linda Bloom Jan. 28, 2019 | UMNS A group representing the interests of United Methodist rural congregations has sent a letter of concern to delegates for the upcoming special General Conference. The letter from United Methodist Rural Advocates ...

1/28/2019
By Jim Patterson Jan. 28, 2019 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) Editor’s note: This is the second of a series of stories explaining the most prominent proposals coming before General Conference. The proposals will be discussed in alphabetical order. ...

1/24/2019
By Sam Hodges Jan. 24, 2019 | UMNS European and Eurasian delegates to the upcoming special session of General Conference met on their own recently, and they made clear their unhappiness with some activities of caucus groups within The United ...

1/24/2019
By Jim Patterson Jan. 24, 2019 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of stories explaining the most prominent proposals coming before General Conference. The proposals will be discussed in alphabetical order. The ...

1/21/2019
By Emily Allen I’m pleased to have this opportunity to share my preparations to be a voting delegate at the upcoming special General Conference. As you can read in Acts 15, holding a conference to debate church issues is not a new concept: Paul and ...

1/17/2019
By Dr. David W. Scott The Committee on Reference, a typically obscure administrative committee that reviews petitions submitted to General Conference, has taken on significantly increased importance for General Conference 2019. Since GC2019 is a ...

1/17/2019
By the Rev. Lloyd Tichaenda Nyarota The past few weeks have been marked by conversations from different people about the history of our denomination and more particularly how we have handled differences in the past. But the narrative provided is ...

1/16/2019
By the Rev. Dr. Sarah J. Rohret Rob Renfroe is right. In his January/February 2019 editorial in the Good News Magazine, he states that the Traditional Plan is most likely to pass as it continues what has been approved every General Conference since ...

1/15/2019
Supporters of the Simple Plan acknowledge the legislation faces long odds at the special General Conference next month. Still, they hope the plan — which removes all church restrictions related to homosexuality — will help shape the denomination’s ...

1/14/2019
By Bishop J. Lawrence McCleskey (Retired) In what is arguably one of the most significant rulings ever made by the United Methodist Judicial Council, virtually all of the One Church Plan proposed to the upcoming special session of the General ...

1/13/2019
Dallas, Texas: The General Conference Committee on Reference has determined that 78 petitions submitted for consideration by the 2019 General Conference are in harmony with the purpose of the special session to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. ...

1/10/2019
By the Rev. Sungho Lee I am the president of the National Association of Korean American United Methodist Pastors Serving Cross Racial Appointment and currently serve under a cross-racial and cross-cultural appointment. However, I have served four ...

1/9/2019
By Bishop Gary E. Mueller Last October, I presented an overview of the Connectional Conference Plan at a gathering of all South Central Jurisdiction delegates who were meeting to prepare for the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Although ...

1/4/2019
More than 100 Pacific Islanders gathered recently at Claremont School of Theology for a serious conversation about the human sexuality issues that divide The United Methodist Church. They were clergy and lay members invited by the denomination’s ...

1/3/2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  As we turn to the new year and the approaching February meeting of the called Special Session of General Conference, the moderators would like to encourage delegates to the General Conference, as well as all spiritual leaders in ...

1/3/2019
As United Methodists debate how the denomination regards homosexuality, many LGBTQ church members have felt they are not so much at the table as the main course to be served. After hearing their concerns, the denomination’s Council of Bishops took ...

12/28/2018
At the fall meeting of the Council of Bishops at St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, bishops approved a motion to send a pastoral letter to the Global LGBTQ community. A writing team, composed of a bishop from each central conference and jurisdiction, ...

12/18/2018
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   As co-chairs of the California-Nevada Conference Delegation, we want to thank you again for the confidence you have placed in our delegation to represent the conference at the special called General Conference 2019 ...

11/5/2018
Monday, November 05, 2018                                                                        For Immediate Release   St. Simon Island, GA – Council of Bishops President Bishop Ken Carter this morning urged fellow bishops to call upon God to ...

11/1/2018
  A Statement of the Extended Cabinet of the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church   November 1, 2018             We, the bishop and extended cabinet of the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church, have ...

10/30/2018
Given the current, politically divided atmosphere, many people are calling for a return to civility. But what does it mean to have honest, respectful conversations with people with whom we disagree? What does that look like? The United Methodist ...

10/29/2018
The United Methodist Church’s top court has clarified what parts of legislation heading to the 2019 General Conference pass constitutional muster. Now it’s up to plan supporters to decide how they will respond to the Judicial Council’s ruling. Read ...

9/27/2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area doesn’t see the current debate over homosexuality as a reason for the church to split. He feels the church is able to continue God’s mission, even amid ...