Annual Conferences

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A view of GNTV Media Ministry’s video control room during the Baltimore-Washington Conference annual gathering shows multiple computer screens, audio equipment and busy technicians. Photo courtesy of GNTV Media Ministry.​

Conference sessions go virtual, with mixed results

Pandemic-prompted online gatherings offer efficiencies, but technological glitches have occurred and delegates miss being together.
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More than seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial outlook for conferences is decidedly mixed. But even with reduced giving, conference treasurers are saying the situation is not as dire as it appeared in the spring. Photo by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Conferences persevere under financial strain

United Methodist conferences are offering churches relief and finding ways to still minister amid pandemic-caused hardships.
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Many annual conference gatherings scheduled for the first half of 2020 in Central and Southern Europe have been postponed again and some moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic. A decision is pending on the final form of the Hungary Provisional Conference, shown here in 2019. That meeting is now planned for the end of October.  2019 file photo by Urs Schweizer, Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe.

Many European conferences still unable to meet

Many annual conference gatherings in Europe were postponed until autumn due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, most will still be unable to meet in person.
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The Rev. William B. Lawrence.  Photo by H. Jackson/Southern Methodist University.

When pandemic ends, confusion in church will remain

A former Judicial Council president examines constitutional issues presented by plans for the future of The United Methodist Church.

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