NEWS AND FEATURES
Pensions, Traditional Plan top priority votes
ST. LOUIS (UMNS) — Petitions meant to address pensions and the Traditional Plan topped the list of priorities for what General Conference delegates will work on in their legislative committee. The One Church Plan, backed by a majority of bishops, was fifth. The United Methodist News Service staff has the story.
Many arrive to witness United Methodist history
ST. LOUIS (UMNS) — Clergy and laity observers at the 2019 General Conference reflect the theological diversity that’s challenging The United Methodist Church. Many say they’re here to pray and to watch history unfold as delegates grapple with legislative options regarding the church’s stance on homosexuality. Some 3,000 observers had registered by late Feb. 23. Sam Hodges reports.
Court cites 2016 decision in query at GC2019
ST. LOUIS (UMNS) — The United Methodist Judicial Council answered a request for a decision from the floor of GC2019 by referring to a decision made at General Conference 2016. Linda Bloom reports.
Court rules two GC2019 petitions unconstitutional
ST. LOUIS (UMNS) — Two General Conference 2019 petitions related to potential plans for the future of The United Methodist Church have been declared unconstitutional by the denomination’s top court. Linda Bloom reports.
One Church Plan rally draws overflow crowd
ST. LOUIS (UMNS) — More than 400 United Methodists came together for an event that extolled the One Church Plan, the proposal that backers say keeps the church together. General Conference 2019 delegates began their legislative work on Feb. 24. Heather Hahn reports.
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Central conference women gather for UMW event
ST. LOUIS — More than 50 central conference women delegates to the 2019 General Conference gathered at Centenary United Methodist Church Feb. 22 for an event hosted by United Methodist Women. The gathering celebrated the women’s leadership and the importance of their voices at the historic meeting of The United Methodist Church. Tara Barnes has the story.
Pastor is 5th-generation delegate
ST. LOUIS — The pastor of Campbell United Methodist Church in Springfield, Missouri, is a fifth-generation delegate to the 2019 General Conference. The Rev. Andy Bryan is also a seventh-generation minister.
Audio stories from GC2019
ST. LOUIS (UMNS) — Audio stories from General Conference 2019 include a daily wrap-up of events in the voices of the delegates and others here.
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GC2019 in photos
ST. LOUIS (UMNS) — Photographers captured the scenes at special General Conference on Feb. 24, a day of historic votes.
Monday, Feb. 25