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Unknowns complicate GC plan

Can Michigan delegates plan to go to Minneapolis in August?

Availability of vaccines, internet connection, and visas are all some of the unknowns that continue to complicate the plan for the General Conference set to convene eight months from now.

AC 2020 vote is in

Vote totals read by Bishop Bard

Members of the 2020 Virtual Michigan Annual Conference did a new thing …  a mail-in ballot. Those were counted  August 28 and the vote totals were announced by Bishop David Bard on Labor Day.

Register for Special Session by Mar. 2

Members will gather again in March

AC members who gathered in Acme last May will gather again in Albion on March 7 for a special session. Under  consideration is the forwarding of Protocol legislation on to the 2020 General Conference

Life in interesting times

Bishop Bard at GC 2019

Interesting times call for out of the ordinary actions. Bishop David Bard recalls a conference speaker’s words about a “liminal season,” as he explains the reasons for a special annual conference session.

Preview of 2020 General Conference

Kennetha Bigham-Tsai provides preview of business

With the 2020 General Conference 13 weeks away, United Methodists visited Nashville last week for a preview of what’s ahead.

‘The Plan’ … our leaders comment

A plan supported by prayer

Four Michigan Conference leaders — Bishop David Bard, Rev. Benton Heisler, Laura Witkowski, and Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai — offer their initial responses to the separation plan announced on January 3rd.

Take a deep breath

Beginning of a deep year

“If I was still a local church pastor,” says Rev. Jack Harnish, “I would tell my congregation something like this from the pulpit this morning. ‘Take a deep breath.’”

Court rules on exit plan and more

Judicial Council debates exit plan vote

Legislation setting special exit provisions for any United Methodist churches that want to leave the denomination took effect last February, the church’s top court has ruled.

What’s ahead for GC2020 petitions?

Opening of GC2019 now looks ahead to Opening GC2020

General Conference is now eight months ahead. The deadline for legislation is past and petitions are being translated and prepared for action in May of 2020.

CT backs U.S. Regional Conference

Ray McGee speaks to a Central Conference, regional approach at the 2019 Annual Conference.

The denomination’s Connectional Table proposes major legislation with the goals of easing the burden of U.S. business on General Conference, and giving U.S. churches parity with those in central conferences.