Annual Conference

Annual Conferences

2020 annual conference meeting list

United Methodist Communications has compiled a list of 2020 annual conference postponements and plans. The list is incomplete and additions will be made as further details are finalized.
Annual Conferences
United Methodists have always been creative when it comes to meetings but how annual conferences conduct their yearly sessions in 2020 may prove particularly challenging. Photos clockwise starting top left: Kansas East now Great Plains Conference 2013, Britt Bradley; Louisiana Conference 2015, Betty Backstrom; Nebraska now Great Plains Conference 2015; Kenya-Ethiopia Conference 2019, Gad Maiga; Western Pennsylvania Conference 2013; Greater New Jersey special conference 2019, courtesy Corbin Payne; Virginia Annual Conference 2015, Fran Walsh; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Plans vary to get annual conference business done

Some annual conferences are going virtual. Others are determined to meet in person, and some are doing a bit of both.
General Church
Filipino bishops Ciriaco Q. Francisco (from left), Pedro Torio Jr., Rodolfo A. Juan and Emerito Nacpil (retired) pray during a 2013 meeting of the Council of Bishops. In response to the coronavirus, the active bishops postponed 17 annual conferences in the Philippines indefinitely. File photo by Andrew Jensen.

Coronavirus disrupts 17 Filipino annual conference sessions

Due to the threat of the coronavirus and quarantines in the region, the annual gatherings have been postponed indefinitely.
General Church
Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr. leads discussion at a meeting of the Liberia Annual Conference in Ganta. The conference approved a resolution calling for changes to the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace through Separation, one of the plans headed to the 2020 United Methodist General Conference. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

Liberians want changes in separation plan

An African conference’s resolution calls for major amendments to a plan to let traditionalist groups leave The United Methodist Church to form a new denomination.

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