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General Conference 2019: Digital Lounge

 

Welcome to the Special Session edition of the United Methodist Communications Digital Lounge where United Methodist leaders and newsmakers pull up a chair for a casual conversation about what's going on behind the scenes of General Conference 2019.

Bishop Tom Bickerton (left) and Diane Degnan (right) discuss the important presiding role that bishops play at the Special Session.

Digital Lounge: Presiding at the Special Session

Bishop Tom Bickerton, the liaison between the Council of Bishops and the Commission on the General Conference, explains what United Methodist bishops will be doing while at the Special Session. Read More

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter gives the sermon during opening worship for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis.

Digital Lounge: Delivering a message of unity

Council of Bishops President Ken Carter delivered the opening sermon of Special Session. In this Digital Lounge interview, the bishop shares insight into the message of the sermon. Read More

Duncan McMillan serves as chairman of the Commission on the General Conference.

Digital Lounge: Step by Step at General Conference with Duncan McMillan

Duncan McMillan, chairperson of the Commission on the General Conference, discusses the step by step process of bringing the Special Session to fruition. Read More

Gary Graves (left) and Diane Degnan (right) discuss the responsibilities of the secretary of the General Conference.

Digital Lounge: Taking on the Special Session

Since his election at the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon, coordinating the Special Session 2019 has been job one for Gary Graves, secretary of the General Conference. Read More

Make a joyful noise! Raymond Trapp discusses his role as worship and music director for the General Conference Special Session in St. Louis.

Digital Lounge: Orchestrating worship and music at the Special Session

Raymond Trapp's task as worship and music director for the Special Session of General Conference 2019 is to orchestra a spirit of worship with music intended to connect the global audience. Read More

The Upper Room took the Praying our Way Forward initiative online with UMCprays.org. Tom Albin, director of Spiritual Formation for The Upper Room, tells you how.

Digital Lounge: Praying our Way Forward takes to the web

The Upper Room, with Tom Albin's leadership, took the Praying our Way Forward initiative online with UMCprays.org. Read More

Nancy Patton and the Rev. Kim Jenne discuss radical hospitality at the Special Session.

Digital Lounge: Welcoming all to St. Louis

As the team overseeing hospitality responsibilities, the Rev. Kim Jenne and Nancy Patton make sure the Special Session of General Conference 2019 is its most welcoming, from organizing airport... Read More

Phase 3 of Praying our Way Forward began June 3 and continues through the Special Session of General Conference in February 2019.

Digital Lounge: Praying our Way Forward

Bishops Debra Wallace-Padgett and Al Gwinn led The United Methodist Church in the denomination's Praying our Way Forward initiative for the past two years. Read More

Diane Degnan talks with Dan Krause about the role of United Methodist Communications during General Conference.

Digital Lounge: Discussing the role of United Methodist Communications

Dan Krause, chief executive at United Methodist Communications, discusses the various role that United Methodist Communications plays at the Special Session of General Conference 2019. Read More

Sara Hotchkiss discusses her role of making sure all of the details surrounding the business of the international churchwide gathering are handled.

Digital Lounge: Managing the Business of the Special Session

As Business Manager of the General Conference, Sara Hotchkiss' role is to make sure all of the details surrounding the business of the international churchwide gathering are handled. Read More