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The Rev. Gary W. Graves, secretary of the General Conference, speaks to the press following the conclusion of the special session in St. Louis. To the right is Bishop Kenneth H. Carter. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Task force to investigate GC2019 voting

General Conference organizers have named a 12-member task force to look into potential voting irregularities at the special session.
Social Concerns
Bishop Karen Oliveto (right) shares bread with a delegate during a February 23, 2019, worship service in the special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Oliveto leads the Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church.  Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Resources, prayers offered for LGBTQ youth

Church leaders who fear the recent 2019 General Conference votes on homosexuality might harm LGBTQ youth are offering resources to help.
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Matt Henson, prayer room volunteer, creates a “stained-glass” wall out of prayers offered by attendees of the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Reaction to GC2019 remains strong

Strong opinions, including protests, offered on passage of Traditional Plan as churches and conferences meet to assess consequences and plan next steps.
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 "Bishop Kenneth H. Carter speaks to the news media after adjournment of the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis. In a March 1 webinar for the Florida Conference, Carter said, 'Our interest is in the healing of the church.' Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS."

Beginning to look ahead after GC2019

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is sticking around, and so are a number of church members who plan to defy the denomination’s homosexuality policies.

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