GC2012 rejects constitutional amendment on set-aside bishop.

After a lengthy floor debate, the General Conference has rejected calendar item #219, which changes the UM constitution to allow for a non-residential bishop appointed as the president of the Council of Bishops. Although the measure had a majority of the votes, it did not receive the 2/3 number of votesneeded to approve a constitutional amendment.

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Minnesota Conference clergy and laity gathered at Normandale Hylands United Methodist Church hold table talk discussions about the three plans set to be considered by the special General Conference. Many United Methodist Conferences have been having town all meetings to explain the plans and give people a chance to share opinions about them. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Decisions won't stop with General Conference

All three Way Forward plans hold at least potential for tough votes by local churches, conferences.
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Bishop Ough announced a plan a General Conference 2016. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist Communications.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Bruce Ough

Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce Ough was president of the Council of Bishops during the 2016 General Conference that authorized the Commission on a Way Forward. He discusses the commission’s work and his hopes for the upcoming special 2019 General Conference.
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Lonnie D. Brooks Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Commentary: Evaluating the GC2019 organizational plan

A reserve lay delegate praises some of the organizational plan for the special General Conference 2019, but raises concerns about other points, including selection of committee officers.

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