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.

Click here for links to the plans.

General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. The General Conference 2020 will take place May 5-15, 2020, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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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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 Timline (pdf)  

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


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