Following General Conference 2019
Eight hundred and sixty-four delegates from around the world will convene in St. Louis, Missouri, February 23-26, 2019, to attend a special called session of General Conference
. Twelve delegates
- eight voting delegates and four alternates, half clergy and half lay - will represent the South Georgia Conference at this conference.
General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church, typically meeting every four years. At the request of General Conference 2016, the Council of Bishops set a plan for addressing the overwhelming number of proposals related to same-sex marriage, the ordination of gay clergy, and related topics. The bishops’ plan involved creating the Commission on a Way Forward
and setting a Special Session of General Conference in 2019
The South Georgia Office of Communications will be on-site, sharing daily videos and news updates via the conference website
and social media channels
. Make sure you are signed up to receive General Conference emails: sgaumc-email.brtapp.com/subscribe.
The official hashtags for social media are #umcgc and #GC2019.
Since the work of the General Conference will be done as a single group rather than breaking into the typical legislative subcommittees, the event will be streamed by United Methodist Communications in its entirety - beginning with worship on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. EST and adjourning at 7:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 26. That livestream will be available online
in both English and French.
Below are links related to the special called conference that will help you follow the session:
Bishop Bryan will communicate with the conference at the conclusion of the General Conference session. In addition, South Georgia United Methodists are invited and encouraged to attend a post-General Conference information session
Saturday, March 9 from 1-4 p.m. at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton.
Please be in prayer for the delegates
, our Bishops, leaders, and staff traveling to this conference in the coming days.