February 23, 2019
The Special Session of the General Conference of
The United Methodist Church
Don’t worry about anything;
instead, pray about everything;
tell God your needs,
and don’t forget to thank him
for his answers.
Philippians 4:6 Living Bible
Bishop Laurie's Daily Reflection
Bishop Laurie's reflection 2/22/19

Grace and Peace! Millions of United Methodist around the world have been anticipating the special called 2019 General Conference, where 864 delegates will discern our United Methodist stance around human sexuality. Gary and I arrived in St. Louis ...

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Bishop Laurie's reflection 2/23/19

The day was divided into four sections, as we celebrated the ministries and missional challenges of four different parts of our United Methodist connection: Europe and Eurasia, Africa, the United States, and the Philippines. What a wonderful time ...

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GC2019 News
Sweet hours of prayer begin GC2019 | United Methodist...

By Kathy L. Gilbert Feb. 23, 2019 | ST. LOUIS (UMNS) United Methodists from all points of the globe spent six hours in prayer for the church before beginning the 2019 General Conference's hard work of reviewing church policy regarding...

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LGBTQ voices heard at pre-GC event | United Methodist...

As the opening of the 2019 General Conference loomed, a handful of openly gay delegates talked about legislation and more with fellow allies of full inclusion for LGBTQ people in The United Methodist Church. Called "Conversation at the...

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Good News GC2019 breakfast draws big crowd | United...

By Sam Hodges and Heather Hahn Feb. 23, 2019 | ST. LOUIS (UMNS) A larger-than-expected crowd turned out for a breakfast meeting hosted by Good News, an unofficial traditionalist advocacy group, on the first day of the special General Conference....

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Audio Reports
Worship team prepares for sacred experience
In the hours before th e opening session, members of the General Conference worship team talked about how they have prepared themselves spiritually and listened for God's direction. Whether through music, the visual arts or helping to manage the...

Communicators keep telling their story
Jessica Brodie and Matt Brodie are United Methodist communicators from South Carolina. Being a communicator brings with it “a great deal of responsibility to do whatever we do with exceptional integrity,” they believe, and it’s their “responsibility to keep telling the story.”

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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.