Final arrangements for the 2020 General Conference include changes in its official journal, the Daily Christian Advocate, and some 13,000-plus purple “hospitality” scarves for delegates, guests, bishops and other dignitaries.
The Commission on the General Conference also has set up a schedule for the special conference that includes daily worship and specific tasks.
Petitions other than those from the Commission on A Way Forward will face a tough vetting process to get consideration at the special 2019 General Conference.
Trying to save money on translation has delayed publication of the final report of the Commission on A Way Forward, says the General Commission on the General Conference.
There’s a two-delegate difference between the delegate counts for the coming 2020 General Conference and the 2016 session.
The United Methodist Church has launched a prayer initiative related to the coming work of the Commission on a Way Forward.
The Council of Bishops has announced it intends to call a special General Conference for February or March 2019, and has set up a global program to involve all United Methodists in conversations and prayers for A Way Forward.
Potential nominees for the Council of Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward have been narrowed to 29 people, and the Council awaits the nominees’ decision on the invitation to help shape United Methodism’s future.
The Council of Bishops will need more time to go through some 300 recommendations before it can appoint members to the “A Way Forward” Commission, writes Diane Degnan of United Methodist Communications.
In a study commissioned by United Methodist Communications, church roles affect people’s perceptions of what it means to be United Methodist.