Commission on a way forward

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Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey observes the results from a February 26, 2019, vote to strengthen The United Methodist Church's policies against homosexuality. The vote came on the last day of the Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Mo. Delegates approved the Traditional Plan, which strengthens penalties for LGBTQIA clergy and prohibits same sex weddings. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Special general conference tops the news in 2019

Division within The United Methodist Church was on full display during February’s special session in St. Louis, attracting both denominational and public attention.
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Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, reflects on the Commission on a Way Forward, reaction to the special 2019 General Conference and expectations for General Conference 2020. Video image courtesy of UM News.

Bishop reflects on journey to GC2020

The Council of Bishops president talks about the road from the Commission on a Way Forward to yet another General Conference.
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The opening day of the special session of the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.  An investigation into voting irregularities at the denomination’s top lawmaking assembly is underway. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

GC2019 voting credentials under review

After an in-depth review, it’s possible “a very limited number” of ineligible people obtained credentials to vote.
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The Rules Committee of the Commission on General Conference discusses plans for one legislative committee at the 2019 special session. From left are Stephanie Henry, chair of the Rules Committee; commission members Audun Westad and Stanislas Kassongo, and translator Isabelle Berger. The commission met Oct. Oct. 3-5 at Epworth by the Sea in St. Simons, Ga. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Plan approved for GC2019 decision-making

The Commission on General Conference has decided on a process to help delegates do the legislative work together.

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