General Conference 2020
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Logo for the 2020 General Conference of The United Methodist Church with new 2021 date.

Logo for the 2020 General Conference of The United Methodist Church with new 2021 date.

The General Comission on General Conference announced that the 2020 General Conference rescheduled for August of 2021 will be postponed to August 2022.

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General Conference Postponed to 2022

Further postponement needed for the 2020 General Conference as the pandemic continues to affect the safety of mass gatherings and travel.

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Bishops cancel May 8 General Conference

At a March 22 meeting, the bishops decided it was not in the best interest of The United Methodist Church to hold the one-day virtual conference at this time.

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The Advance Daily Christian Advocate contains the rules, reports and legislation for the 2020 General Conference.


General Conference 2020: Advance Daily Christian Advocate

Contains all legislation submitted for consideration by the delegates at the upcoming 2020 General Conference.

The opening day of the special session of the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church.

2020 Pre-General Conference Briefing

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Delegates Jorge Lockward and the Rev. Beth Ann Cook embrace during the closing moments of the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. The two had previously spoken on opposite sides in a debate over possible church exit plans. U.S. conferences are calculating how much a church must pay if it leaves under legislation General Conference approved. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.


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Bishops confer over the issue of whether the legislative committee can refer items to the denomination's Judicial Council for review during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Clockwise from lower left are Bishops Thomas Bickerton, John Schol, David Bard, Julius C. Trimble and Cynthia Fierro Harvey. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.


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(From right) David Valera, Patrick Scriven, Greg Nelson, the Rev. Karen Nelson and Linda Rhodes work in the newsroom at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.

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Delegate Gail Douglas-Boykin from the New York Conference speaks during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 25. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.


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