Special Session, General Conference of The United Methodist Church, St. Louis, MO
When
Saturday, February 23, 2019 to Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held Feb. 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. Delegates from around the world will be in attendance, including a delegation of four from the Memphis Conference.
 
The General Conference will act on a report from the Council of Bishops based on 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.
 
BACKGROUND

  • What is a General Conference Special Session? Why now? | DETAILS

  • ​Basic Q&A | DETAILS

  • ​Historical context video (By Susquehanna Conference) | DETAILS

  • Mission, vision, scope of Commission on a Way Forward | DETAILS

  • Archives of General Conference press releases | DETAILS

  • Glossary of General Conference Terms | DETAILS

  • 2016 Book of Discipline | DETAILS

  • Free training course: Exploring General Conference | DETAILS

WAY FORWARD PLANS

  • Report from Commission on a Way Forward | English | Spanish

  • Overview of 4 plans | DETAILS

  • Constitutionality of plans | DETAILS

  • Potential clergy pension impacts Q&A (Wespath) | DETAILS

  • Trust Clause Q&A (General Council on Finance & Administration) | DETAILS

NEWS COVERAGE

  • United Methodist News Service | DETAILS

  • Advance Daily Christian Advocate (agenda, rules, delegate liss, petitions, reports from general agencies/commissions/study committees, info for delegates, codes of conduct) | DETAILS

  • Live video stream |  DETAILS

  • Legislation tracking (online) | DETAILS

  • ​Hashtags | #umcgc   #gc2019    #umc

VIEWPOINTS

  • ​​Panel discussion (streamed Feb. 6) with speakers for major plans | DETAILS

  • Videos of different perspectives | DETAILS 

  • Statement from presidents & representatives of U.S. United Methodist colleges & universities | DETAILS

  • Letter from United Methodist Rural Advocates | DETAILS

PRAYER

  • Prayer resources for all | DETAILS  (This link doesn't work in some browsers.)

  • Prayer resources for young people | DETAILS

MEMPHIS CONFERENCE DELEGATION 

  • How to communicate with delegates | DETAILS

GUESTS & OBSERVERS

OTHER

  • Bishops' Covenant for presiding | DETAILS

  • ​Communications Tool Kit for churches | DETAILS

  • Conversation resources | DETAILS