The Dome in St. Louis selected as venue for 2019 General Conference Special Session
The Commission on the General Conference
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2018
Des Moines, Iowa -- The Commission on the General Conference, meeting this week in Des Moines, has announced that the 2019 special session of the General Conference will be held in The Dome, part of the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis. The meeting of The United Methodist Church’s top policy-making body will be Feb. 23-26, 2019.
The Dome has been the site of numerous religious conventions, including the Billy Graham Crusade and what may have been the largest indoor gathering in U.S. history, when Pope John Paul II held mass for more than 104,000 in 1999. The multi-purpose stadium, former home of the St. Louis Rams, also has hosted the General Conference Session of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
In additional news at the Spring meeting of the Commission on the General Conference, Sara Hotchkiss, General Conference business manager, announced that United Methodist Communications, “in an effort to support the important work of the called special session,” will provide all production resources to the February 2019 meeting at no cost to the Commission.
“United Methodist Communications is happy to provide production services to the Commission on the General Conference for the 2019 Special Session from operating reserves. This is one way that we can be good stewards by absorbing these costs for the Commission, understanding that this additional conference was not in the plans when quadrennial budgets were created,” said Dan Krause, general secretary of United Methodist Communications.
The Commission on the General Conference is simultaneously planning for both the 2019 special session and the regular session of the General Conference, which is scheduled for May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis.
About General Conference
General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church. The assembly meets at the beginning of each quadrennium to consider revisions to church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs for the next four years. General Conference 2020 will take place May 5-15, 2020, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis. A special session of the General Conference has been called for February 23-26, 2019, and will meet at The Dome of the America’s Center in St. Louis.
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