General Conference 2019

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The Rev. Heather Sinclair anoints Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton at the beginning of a time of healing prayer and anointing at the close of a special session of the New York Annual Conference at Purchase College, State University of New York. Photo by Stephanie Parsons.

New York, New Jersey conferences confer on GC2019

Inaugural conference special sessions address concerns over pain, distrust caused by denomination-wide vote.
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Bishops process into worship on Feb. 24, 2019, at the special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, held in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Denials, charges fly in GC2019 voting credentials review

One delegate named as a possible ineligible voter contends he was a duly elected reserve, but he is not listed on General Conference attendance records.
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The Book of Discipline contains the rules that guide The United Methodist Church. Only General Conference can change the book, which is revised after each meeting of the conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

List of GC2019 petitions under court review

Downloadable PDF lists approved changes to the Book of Discipline that will be reviewed by the Judicial Council in April.
Social Concerns
Bishop Karen Oliveto (right) shares bread with a delegate during a February 23, 2019, worship service in the special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Oliveto leads the Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church.  Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Resources, prayers offered for LGBTQ youth

Church leaders who fear the recent 2019 General Conference votes on homosexuality might harm LGBTQ youth are offering resources to help.

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