[This page was updated on May 21, July 20, and August 24, 2020, as new details became available.]
Pretty much everything is “on hold” right now, but I’m pretty sure “We’ll be right back” is not what we’re going to hear. The next step(s) of dealing with the division within the United Methodist Church are “on hold” as well. Some details:
We’re working right now on a date for our local church Charge Conference, which will be held online via Zoom. The date will be sometime between Sept. 22 and Dec. 8, with both date and time TBD. Zoom is an interactive video conferencing service, but anyone with a telephone can join the conference using audio only. We will announce details!
District Conference (West District)
Our West District Conference will be an online event via Zoom, at 6:30 PM on Monday, September 21. Bishop Peggy Johnson to visit the virtual gathering, and will explain necessary adjustments planned for Annual Conference and also discuss the denomination’s new Dismantling Racism initiative and the importance of Discipleship. Each District Conference must vote for any needed replacement equalizing members for the 2020 Annual Conference. (Equalizing members for the next quadrennium will be voted on at next spring’s Annual Conference.) Districts will also vote on nominees for annual conference leadership, celebrate leadership transitions and thank churches that have paid 100% apportionments. We will post details on how to attend the meeting via Zoom, as soon as the information becomes available.
Eastern PA Annual Conference was to have been held in June, but has been postponed until October 13-14, and will be held online via Zoom. We will post details about this as soon as we have them.
Our quadrennial (big word meaning ‘every 4 years’) General Conference was to have been held May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis. That has been canceled, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. General Conference will now be held Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2021, in Minneapolis. This was a decision that did not come easily. Here’s the full story.
Jurisdictional Conferences were to have been held July 13-17, 2020. These present a special challenge because, as I understand it, all 5 U. S. Jurisdictional Conferences are required to meet simultaneously, following General Conference. New bishops are elected at Jurisdictional conferences. The new dates are Nov. 10-12, 2021.
People involved are largely being quiet during this time of dealing with COVID-19, although major players do continue to jockey for position and line up support. It promises to be interesting, to say the least.
So let’s add our United Methodist Church to our prayer lists, shall we?
Blessings, and be safe!