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Bishop Kenneth H. Carter gives the sermon during opening worship for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Ask The UMC: What happened at General Conference?

Many United Methodists have questions after General Conference 2019. Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, offers answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. Read More

United Methodists celebrate our unity in the midst of our disagreements. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist Communications.

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

United Methodists are encouraged to pause and reflect following GC2019. Image by United Methodist Communications.

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

Delegate Cheryl Bell participates in the General Conference Day of Prayer. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

General Conference 2019 as seen in pictures

Follow General Conference through the lenses of award-winning photographers from the United Methodist News Service. Read More

As United Methodists prepare for the special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, they might learn from the experiences of other denominations that have dealt with their own splits. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

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

Pray for United Methodists meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, in February. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

General Conference is happening. What can I do?

You may feel far removed from the General Conference Special Session, but there are ways to support those doing the work and follow along. More

A General Conference newsroom is a busy place, hosting United Methodist News reporters, conference communicators, secular publication reporters and others. Kathy L. Gilbert (center) was among those filing stories from the newsroom at the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Communications critical part of GC2019

Everything from print to podcasts will be used to share the story of the legislative event in St. Louis. Read More

An overview of proposals for General Conference 2019

This downloadable chart provides a side-by-side comparison of the four main plans to be considered by 2019 General Conference delegates. View

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Perspectives on a Way Forward

A discussion on February 6 featured speakers for each of the major plans proposed to the 2019 General Conference. More

Dave Nuckols Video image by United Methodist News Service

Seeing A Way Forward: Dave Nuckols

A 2019 delegate who also served on the Commission on a Way Forward, Nuchols spoke with UM News as part of a video series. Read More

The Commission on a Way Forward suggests changes to our Book of Discipline. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

The Commission on a Way Forward report: What you should know

At a special session of General Conference in February 2019, The United Methodist Church will receive and act upon this report. Learn what's in it. Read More

The Rev. Maxie Dunnam is president emeritus of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Maxie Dunnam

The Rev. Maxie Dunnam is president emeritus of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Read More

Models from several agencies and annual conferences provide guidance for having helpful conversations around difficult topics.

Conversation Models

Models from several agencies and annual conferences provide guidance for having helpful conversations around difficult topics. Read More

Summaries of the Way Forward Commission Report. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Summaries of the Way Forward Commission Report

Four summaries will help you introduce the work of the Commission on a Way Forward and the plans it is sending to the called session of General Conference in 2019. Read More

Delegates consider legislation during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Gathered for Mission, Structured to Serve: A General Conference Primer

Learn about what General Conference is, how it works and who participates in this short introductory guide. Read More

Bishop Scott Jones is the resident bishop of the Texas Conference.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Scott Jones

Bishop Scott Jones is the resident bishop of the Texas Conference. Read More

The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai is chief connectional ministries officer for the Connectional Table.

Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai

The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai is chief connectional ministries officer for the Connectional Table. Read More

The Rev. Alex da Silva Souto and Karen G. Prudente are both New York Conference delegates to the special 2019 General Conference.

Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Alex da Silva Souto and Karen Prudente

The Rev. Alex da Silva Souto and Karen G. Prudente are both New York Conference delegates to the special 2019 General Conference Read More

Committee on Reference Report

Review the process and the list of petitions that will and will not be voted upon at the 2019 General Conference. Read More

A special session of General Conference will be held in February 2019. File photo of General Conference 2016 by Maile Bradfield, United Methodist Communications.

What’s a General Conference Special Session? Why now?

This rare event may seem burdensome, but The United Methodist Church is designed to have representatives of the whole church make our most important decisions. Read More

Administrative Committee Membership

Review the lists of members of the Administrative Committees of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. Read More

Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Tom Berlin

The Rev. Berlin explains that the One Church Plan tries to allow different people to “exercise their own judgment in their cultural context.” Read More

Seeing a Way Forward: Patricia L. Miller

Patricia L. Miller explains why the Connectional Conference Plan is meant to provide the “most space between theological differences” while maintaining unity. Read More

Vice president of Good News and a member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association leadership council, the Rev. Lambrecht gives insight into the Traditional Plan and Modified Traditional Plans.

Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Tom Lambrecht

Vice president of Good News and a member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association leadership council, the Rev. Lambrecht gives insight into the Traditional Plan and Modified Traditional Plans. Read More

A member of the commission that plans the General Conference, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton encourages leaders to approach their work in the right frame of mind, body and spirit to make the best decisions.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Bickerton

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton encourages leaders to approach their work in the right frame of mind, body and spirit to make the best decisions. Read More

Advance Daily Christian Advocate out by November 26; electronic version now available

The Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate is set to be available in a bound and printed format by November 26, with a PDF of the 2019 ADCA accessible online now. Read More

Video image from Vital Conversations series. Courtesy of GCORR.

Race, Culture, the Church and Human Sexuality

Videos feature voices of color unpacking the complexity of full inclusion in the church through intimate and deeply moving conversations. View

Bishop Bruce Ough. File photo courtesy of UMNS.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Bruce Ough

In a video statement, the leader of the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area asks those in the church to overlook preconceptions and pray for its future. More

Douglas Palmer, a lay delegate from the Rocky Mountain annual conference, speaks to the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore., on May 12. File  photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Q&A: 2019 Special Session of the General Conference

Find answers to many of the most commonly-asked questions about the February event. Read More

West Virginia Conference’s Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball talks about the Way Forward process and offers brief overviews of the three plans being considered by the 2019 special General Conference.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Steiner Ball

Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball talks about the Way Forward process and offers brief overviews of the three plans being considered by the 2019 special General Conference. Read More

Bishop John Yambasu gives the sermon during morning worship at the 2016 General Conference. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Yambasu

Despite the anxiety about the future of The United Methodist Church, bishop says God “will lead his church to where he wants his church to be.” View

Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area tells his members that the only way to maintain relationships in the church is to continue talking to one another — even if they strongly disagree.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Alsted

Bishop tells members the only way to maintain relationships in the church is to continue talking to one another — even if they strongly disagree. View

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

Many United Methodists feel anxiety as the denomination heads toward a special General Conference in 2019. Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, president-designate of the Council of Bishops, offers her thoughts on where we are as a church. Video screen capture by UMNS.

Seeing a Way Forward: Bishop Harvey

Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, president-designate of the Council of Bishops, offers her thoughts on where we are as a church. View

We are called to a posture of prayer, praying for God’s leadership to guide us effectively in fulfilling the mission of the church.

In prayer, we can be one in Christ

We are called to a posture of prayer, praying for God’s leadership to guide us effectively in fulfilling the mission of the church. Read More

This special edition of Circuit Rider carefully considers the issues, from varied perspectives, facing The United Methodist Church as it prepares for the Special Session of General Conference in 2019.

One with Christ, One with each other, One in ministry to all the world

This special edition of Circuit Rider carefully considers the issues to be discussed at the Special Session of General Conference in 2019. Read More

More than 100 people from the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area participate in

When the topic is tough, we need to talk — and listen

As they prepare for the 2019 General Conference, many United Methodist churches and annual conferences are creating settings for people to engage in meaningful dialogue about sensitive topics. Read More

Hands in prayer. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

One faith, different understandings

United Methodists who adhere to the faith's core tenets often differ in their understandings of particular Scripture passages. Do these differences have to divide? Read More

National Bible Week is November 18-25, 2018.

The Bible: From Age to Age the Same?

The Bible is the top-selling book of all time, but what it really means to its readers has been a consistent source of debate. Read More

Commission on a Way Forward members seek to benefit the entire church. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, United Methodist Council of Bishops.

Commission on a Way Forward: 5 things you need to know

As United Methodist General Conference 2019 approaches, this overview offers members details about efforts helping shape the future of the denomination. Read More