February 22 2019
Dear Iowa Conference Laity and Clergy,

The 2019 Special Called General Conference will take place in St. Louis from February 23-26. This Special Session has been called by the Council of Bishops to find a way forward beyond the impasse around LGBTQ identity, interpretation of scripture and the unity of the church. The General Conference is the highest legislative body in the church and the only group that can decide church law and speak officially for the global denomination.

I would invite you to use this  attached prayer  in worship on Sunday, February 24, as well as in your personal devotions. I would also encourage you to access the special Iowa Annual Conference website,  gc2019.iaumc.org , where you can follow the proceedings of General Conference by live-streaming.

May the tender mercies of our God give wisdom and hope to our delegates and episcopal leaders for such a time as this.


Bishop Laurie

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  • 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

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