General Conference 2019 Special Session

The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to act on a report from the Council of Bishops based on the recommendations of the Commission on a Way Forward. The 32-member Commission was appointed to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.

Documents Accompanying March 4, 2019 Livestream   
General Conference FAQs (pdf)
PowerPoint Presentation from March 4 Livestream    
PowerPoint Presentation Notes (pdf)
Legislation Summary (pdf)

Analysis of General Conference Legislation - DRAFT (pdf)

2019 General Conference wrap-up video from United Methodist News Service

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NEWS FROM GENERAL CONFERENCE

Day 4 Update, Feb. 26
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Day 3 Update, Feb. 25
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Day 2 Update, Feb. 24
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Day 1 Update, Feb. 23
Martha Stokes, Head Laity delegate, and the Rev. Tom Berlin, Head Clergy delegate, contextualized what the 864 delegates and Council of Bishops did today, Feb. 23, 2019, in the first day of the Special Session of General Conference 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. Today was a day of prayer for about six hours and ended with a time of preparation which included time to understand parliamentary procedure. You can hear from Stokes and Berlin at the conference Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vaumconf/.  

 

A roster of the Virginia Conference delegation is available by clicking here (pdf) Please keep the delegation in your daily prayers.

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Resources
Jan. 30, 2019 - Video
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham spoke with Dr. Rob Vaughn, General Conference delegate, about ways churches can prepare before and after General Conference 2019. Markham is the dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary and is part of the Episcopal Church.
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Watch the archived livestream event from Sept. 26, 2018 featuring Q & A with Bishop Sharma Lewis, the Rev. Tom Berlin and Ms. Martha Stokes
Resources for the Called General Conference Session: Feb. 23-26, 2019  (pdf)
Wespath: Impact of Termination of Clergy Membership on Benefits (pdf)
Handout Summary (pdf)
Background: Summary of Plans (pdf)
Way Forward Timeline (pdf)  

Resources from Sept. 26 Livestream Q&A Event
Tom Berlin's Presentation (pdf)
Martha Stokes' Presentation (pdf)
Six Guiding Principles by Bishop Lewis (pdf)

 

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