February 24, 2019
The Special Session of the General Conference of
The United Methodist Church
  I have told you all this
so that you will have peace of heart and mind.
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows;
but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 (TLB)
Bishop Laurie's Daily Reflection
Bishop Laurie's reflection 2/24/19

Sunday began with worship at the bright hour of 7:30 a.m.! The Call to Worship was from the Native American tradition and brought us together in God's presence with these words, "In the name of Jesus, we are all related."

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GC2019 News
Pensions, Traditional Plan top priority votes | United...

Petitions meant to address pensions and the Traditional Plan topped the list of priorities for what General Conference delegates will work on in their legislative committee. This was a key vote as delegates to the denomination's top lawmaking...

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Court cites 2016 decision in query at GC2019 | United...

By Linda Bloom Feb. 24, 2019 | ST. LOUIS (UMNS) The United Methodist Judicial Council has already answered that question. That was the response of the denomination's top court to a request for a declaratory decision about potential conflicts in...

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Carter calls on delegates to focus on unity | United...

Updated: 11 a.m. Sunday By Kathy L. Gilbert Feb. 24, 2019 | ST. LOUIS (UMNS) View More Do you have a question about The United Methodist Church? This is the place to get answers. Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, will...

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One Church Plan rally draws overflow crowd | United...

A rally for the One Church Plan drew a crowd that overflowed its hotel venue, the night before General Conference delegates were set to begin their legislative work. Amid the buzzing throng, the Rev. Tom Berlin - who submitted the plan on behalf...

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Audio Reports
Reporters Roundtable - Day 1
Tim Jones (Holston Conference), Annette Spence (Holston Conference), and Jackie Campbell (Western PA Conference) are three of the communicators covering the 2019 Special General Conference. So far, they see it as a celebration and, at the same time, subdued. Campbell and Spence have each been to five or more general conferences while this is a first for Jones.
Deadlines have changed and so has the technology – cell phones, for example, were once restricted within the bar of the conference, but now they’re a standard means of contacting delegates and displaying documents. 

Jones, Spence, and Campbell feel the distance between the delegates and communicators – the press box is six stories above the floor where the delegates are seated. They understand that they’re engaged in a historic moment in the history of The United Methodist Church – “We’re all called to be here and do this work,” something that’s a heavy responsibility they acknowledged.

Prayer Ministry is a 'spirit experience'
Fasting, confession, and repentance are elements of the prayer ministry at the 2019 special General Conference. According to Prayer Team Lead Aletha Weatherall, a design team created a “spirit experience.” Reflective of four regions of the world, the experience includes a labyrinth, some quiet spaces, and an opportunity to meet with spiritual directors.

Post General Conference Debriefing Sessions
Bishop Laurie will be present at three locations around the conference to debrief and answer questions about the 2019 General Conference. Laity and clergy are encouraged to attend whichever session is most convenient for you. March 16th will be Livstreamed.

  • Sunday, March 10 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Salem UMC, Cedar Rapids
  • Saturday, March 16 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. New Hope UMC, Des Moines
  • Sunday, March 17 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Trinity UMC, Fort Dodge

In addition, there will be a clergy orders gathering on April 8 and 9, location TBD.
Bishop Laurie will also be present at the annual Laity Day on Saturday, April 6 at Collegiate UMC in Ames. There will be a Q&A about General Conference as part of this day.
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