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Feb. 24, 2019

Find pictures of Virginia delegation    
The conference Communications office will be updating the conference Flickr page each day with pictures of the 22 clergy and lay delegates from Virginia. More…

GC2019 delegates hear Way Forward report on Sunday
At the first legislative session of the 2019 General Conference, delegates heard the presentation of the Commission on a Way Forward’s report. Speaking on behalf of the One Church Plan, the Rev. Jasmine Smothers, pastor of Atlanta First United Methodist Church, said of the plan’s attempt to maintain denominational unity: “The cost of division is high, cost of disruption to the mission is beyond what we can quantify.” Mazvita Machinga, a commission member from Zimbabwe, outlined the Connectional Conference Plan’s three values: a new form of unity around shared goals, valuing space and differentiation and valuing all things new. Presenting the Traditional Plan, the Rev. Jessica LaGrone, a Texas Conference delegate who serves in  Kentucky, said it is “an attempt to value unity in doctrine, consistency in practice and mutual accountability,” adding that “the growing chaos in The UMC has overtaken our lives.” More...

Virginia delegation shares video wrap up for Sunday at GC2019
Martha Stokes, delegation head, and the Rev. Tom Berlin, Clergy Head delegate, shared what happened today at General Conference 2019, a day that included worship, the Commission on a Way Forward report and the prioritization of petitions. You can view the video on the conference Facebook page. More...

Pensions, Traditional Plan top priority votes
Petitions meant to address pensions and the Traditional Plan topped the list of priorities for what General Conference delegates will work on in their legislative committee. This was a key vote as delegates to the denomination’s top lawmaking assembly try to set the direction in the denomination’s longtime debate over homosexuality. By 56 votes, the Traditional Plan topped the One Church Plan, supported by a majority of the bishops. The Traditional Plan was second behind pensions, and the One Church Plan was fifth behind legislation that deals with disaffiliating churches. More...

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