2019 Special Session of the General Conference
A Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church took place February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose was to act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward, authorized to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and to explore options to strengthen church unity. Read a reflection about next steps. Find an overview of what did and did not happen.
General Conference 2020 will take place May 5-15, 2020, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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What happened and what didn’t at General Conference 2019
United Methodists have questions about what the decisions of our global legislative meeting mean for us and our congregations. Here’s what we know. Read More
General Conference is over, what happens now?
Now that the 2019 Special Session has ended, the people of The United Methodist Church are invited to pause and reflect on how the movement continues. Read More
Can the UMC learn from other denominational divides?
United Methodists might note the experiences of ecumenical partners who have dealt with their own divides over the roles of LGBTQ Christians. Read More
General Conference 2019: News in many languages
Find links to latest stories about General Conference in English and six other languages. View
General Conference maps uncertain way forward
After four days of prayers, speeches and votes, it remains to be seen whether The United Methodist Church has found a way forward or remains stuck. Read More
President of Council of Bishops Speaks After General Conference 2019
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., president of the Council of Bishops, shares a message following the conclusion of the 2019 Special Session. View
2019 General Conference Legislation Tracking
Search for legislation submitted by petition number, keyword or submitter. Once General Conference begins, the information will be updated regarding the actions taken on each piece of legislation. Read More
General Conference 2019: Daily Christian Advocate
The Daily Christian Advocate (DCA) serves as the record of those who have been elected to serve as delegate, the legislation submitted, and the decisions made by the General Conference. Read More
GC2019: Advance Edition Daily Christian Advocate
Contains all legislation submitted for consideration by the delegates at the upcoming 2019 General Conference. Read More
Way Forward Commission Report
Read the final report of the Commission on a Way Forward. The report includes the three plans to be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Read More
Official highlights: 2019 General Conference
Watch a video montage that shows how delegates worshiped together, discussed complex issues, and passed legislation. View
Bishop Cynthia Harvey Reflects After St. Louis
United Methodist Bishop Cynthia Harvey of the Louisiana Conference reflects on General Conference 2019. Read More
GC2016 Audio Stories
Listen to stories about General Conference through the voices of the participants. More
GC2019 Seminary Presentations
Early each day at General Conference 2019 in St. Louis Mo., Candler School of Theology at Emory University hosts speakers and invites seminarians onsite and also online to listen and learn. View
2019 General Conference attendance record of delegates
This is the list of primary and reserve delegates who checked in at registration in St. Louis, Mo. USA for the Special Session of the General Conference. View
General Conference tightens language on ordination of LGBTQI persons, same-gender marriage in UMC
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church would like to thank the delegates to the Special Session of the General Conference for their diligent work during the 2019 conference. Read More