2019 Special Session of the General Conference

This February 23–26 in St. Louis, Missouri, a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church will meet. The purpose of this session is to receive and act on the reports from the “Commission on a Way Forward” that examined paragraphs in the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explored options to strengthen the unity of the church.

The information below is intended to help the congregation learn about and process the important work of this special session as well as to provide tools needed to evaluate news sources. We encourage you to use these resources and to attend the information session that will be offered at Gary.

Courageous Conversations Way Forward PowerPoint Presentation

How do I find information?

Q & A Page: United Methodist Communications has produced a Q & A page answering everything from why the conference was called to what the bishops do at General Conference. http://www.umcom.org/news/q-a-2019-special-session-of-the-general-conference 

Seeing a Way Forward Video Links: The Commission on a Way Forward released video resources that document the experiences, hopes, dreams, concerns, approach and learnings of the 32-member Commission. https://www.umnews.org/en/news/seeing-a-way-forward 

Daily Christian Advocate: The Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) contains the agenda, rules, delegate listings, petitions, reports from the general agencies/commissions and study committees, information for delegates, and codes of conduct for the 2019 General Conference. Printed copies can be provided by the Church Office upon request. http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/gc2019-advance-edition-daily-christian-advocate 

A Way Forward Summary of the Three Plans: Points included in this document summarize the three plans that will recommended to the special 2019 General Conference.

What can I do?

Attend an Informational Session on Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church in Gary’s Activity Center on February 10 or 17 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (one session offered on two different dates). Childcare will be provided to accommodate the extra time.

Watch the Live Stream of General Conference February 23 –26 from home, or in the Anderson room on Sunday, February 24 at 10 a.m.

Pause and pray for our church’s mission and way forward daily from 2:23–2:26 p.m. 

Read Scripture, light a candle, and pray for the United Methodist Church in the Chapel on Sunday, February 24 at 10 a.m.

Fast on Sunday, February 24 from sunrise to sunset. (Not recommended for those with medical conditions.)

Where I can I find information about the Special Sessions voting results?

We will post communication from the United Methodist Church on our website when it becomes available. 

The United Methodist News will report from on-site and update news both online and in its Daily and Weekly Digest e-newsletters.


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