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TENTATIVE: General Conference

The global gathering is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 2022, in Minneapolis.  Visit the general conference website to lean the most up-to-date information. Continue Reading TENTATIVE: General Conference

General Conference plans continue

General Conference planners on Zoom

Planners of the next General Conference stick to the goal of holding this pivotal legislative assembly in person with delegates from around the globe. Inclusion and health are top values.

Connectional Table aims to restructure

Connectional Table officers

The Connectional Table hopes to restructure with a  goal is to become a body that serves the whole church rather than certain constituencies. 

Bishops offer framework for UMC

Bishops statement

United Methodist bishops envision a church driven by the mission of Christ, where all will have a home. They aim for this narrative to be a starting point for United Methodists’ visioning work ahead.

Bishops’ grace sought in church exits

Grace for global Methodists sought

An ad hoc group of United Methodists has released an open letter titled, “A Call to Grace.” Over 250 signed the letter urging bishops to allow churches to leave with property before the next General Conference.

United Methodists looking for home

United Methodists have options

The United Methodist Church. The Global Methodists Church. Those are two future home bases for every United Methodist. Online and in-person events are planned to help discuss and discern which direction to go.

General Conference plans move ahead

Virus a concern for planner Gary Graves

The Commission on the General Conference is monitoring vaccinations, VISA availability, and virus related travel restrictions around the world as they continue plans for a 2022 meeting of the law-making body.

Come, let us reason together

Reason together in a small group

Racism, division in the denomination, mission, vision, and inclusion are areas around which congregations can reason together says Bishop David Bard in this month’s Joyful Journey.

U.S. bishops take on expanded roles

Bishops process at 2019 General Conference

Just as Bishop David Bard has taken an interim assignment in Minnesota, other U.S. bishops are receiving additional conferences to shepherd as of September 2, 2021.

Bishop’s Ruling of Law on R2021-14

Bishop asked for ruling on R2021-14

Bishop David Bard was asked for a ruling on the 2021 Michigan Annual Conference approval of a resolution on the inclusiveness of the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church.