On The Agenda–Monday, April 23

Registration begins this morning for delegates and staff, but most of the day will be spent continuing to get ready for the opening of GC2012 tomorrow. The day includes meetings of the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters, the Committee on Reference, the Committee on Agenda and Calendar, and orientation sessions for non-U.S. delegates, legislative committee recorders, and marshals and pages.

These early times before the meeting officially starts are often fun as it is a great time to catch up with United Methodist folks from across the world. For those of us who have attended General Conferences in the past, it is a good time to renew old friendships with colleagues before the work begins tomorrow.

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On Jan. 3, a 16-member group of United Methodist leaders offered a proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination. UM News will host a panel discussion on the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation proposal at 9:30 a.m. EST on Jan. 13. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Video archive: UM News interviews protocol developers

Leaders who helped develop a separation plan for The United Methodist Church answered questions about their proposal during a live event Jan. 13.
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Delegates pause for prayer at the 2019 special General Conference in St. Louis. A group of 2020 General Conference delegates and other church leaders from Africa, Europe and the Philippines is proposing a new form of unity. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

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