Call for General Conference review


Jeffrey “J.J.” Warren, an openly gay reserve delegate from the Upper New York Conference, makes an impassioned statement Feb. 25 arguing for allowing debate about the Simple Plan at the special General Conference in St. Louis. Debate was allowed, but the Simple Plan failed to receive enough votes to receive further consideration.


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Tennessee Conference delegate Holly Neal (front) raises her arms in praise  during a day of prayer at the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. She is joined by Tennessee delegates the Revs. Stephen Handy (left) and Jacob Armstrong (standing). Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

General Conference 2019 - Day 1 wrap-up

A news summary of the first day of action at the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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Reporters Roundtable - Day 1 of the 2019 General Conference

The 2019 special General Conference has been celebratory but at the same time subdued, say three communicators working at the historic St. Louis event. The Rev. Art McClanahan speaks with Tim Jones and Annette Spence of the Holston Conference and Jackie Campbell of the Western Pennsylvania Conference on a reporter’s roundtable on Day 1 of the General Conference.
Tennessee Conference delegate Holly Neal (front) raises her arms in praise  during a day of prayer at the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. She is joined by Tennessee delegates the Revs. Stephen Handy (left) and Jacob Armstrong (standing). Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Prayer ministry is a 'spirit experience'

The prayer ministry at the 2019 special General Conference includes a labyrinth, quiet spaces for contemplation and the availability of spiritual directors, says Aletha Weatherall, lead of the prayer team. The Rev. Art McClanahan speaks with Weatherall about her team’s efforts to design a “spirit experience” that includes elements of fasting, confession and repentance.