General Conference 2021

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Bishop Kenneth H. Carter gives the sermon and benediction during opening worship for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Delegates: Use GC2020 delay for new vision

An informal group of General Conference delegates is inviting church members to make use of the postponement to cast a new vision for the church.
The Rev. William B. Lawrence.  Photo by H. Jackson/Southern Methodist University.

When pandemic ends, confusion in church will remain

A former Judicial Council president examines constitutional issues presented by plans for the future of The United Methodist Church.
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Delegates hold hands and pray during the Feb. 23, 2019, opening plenary of the special session of General Conference held in St. Louis. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

Q&A: What delay means for General Conference

Organizers answer questions about what the postponement to 2021 means for The United Methodist Church’s lawmaking assembly.
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Bishops join hands in prayer during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. In most cases, bishops who planned to retire this year or early next year are staying until new bishop elections can be held. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Delay in elections upends bishops’ plans

With the election of new bishops postponed until 2021 and 2022, those scheduled to retire are making plans for the interim.

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