Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Gary Graves

Video image of Bishop Christian Alsted, courtesy of United Methodist News Service. Alsted spoke with UM News as part of a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.
Video image of the Rev. Gary Graves, courtesy of United Methodist News Service.

The Rev. Gary Graves is secretary of the General Conference. As The United Methodist Church approaches the special called General Conference taking place in February 2019, the Rev. Graves shares some of the procedural aspects of a special General Conference and questions he's hearing about this upcoming legislative gathering. 

The Rev. Graves spoke with UM News as part of “Seeing a Way Forward,” a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.

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Questions about 2019 General Conference

The Rev. Gary Graves, secretary of the General Conference, shares some of the questions he’s been hearing about the special called General Conference taking place in February 2019.

 

Secretary points out differences of called GC2019
With only three days to accomplish its work, the special called 2019 General Conference had to change some of its procedures. The Rev. Gary Graves, secretary of the General Conference, shares some of the differences the 2019 General Conference will have from the regular quadrennial event.

 

Secretary outlines GC2019 schedule
With only three days to accomplish its work, the special called 2019 General Conference has to stick to a tight schedule. The Rev. Gary Graves, secretary of the General Conference, breaks down the agenda for each day.

 

How does GC2019 relate to GC2020?
Called special General Conferences are unique, and there hasn’t been one in almost 50 years. The Rev. Gary Graves, secretary of the General Conference, examines how decisions from the February 2019 event could impact the following year’s meeting.

 

All United Methodists serve “the one true God.”
Though the special called 2019 General Conference will address issues where the church is not of one mind, the Rev. Gary Graves, secretary of the General Conference, offers a reminder that even those with different views are united in their faith.

 

General Conference secretary offers gratitude

Preparing for a General Conference requires countless hours by teams of people. The Rev. Gary Graves, secretary of the General Conference, reflects on their efforts.

 

This is the sixth in a series of video interviews by United Methodist News Service. View the interviews with Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey,Bishop Christian Alsted, Bishop John Yambasu, Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball and Bishop Bruce Ough.

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