In response to the further postponement of the 2020 General Conference, the Council of Bishops (COB) is calling a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be convened online on May 8, 2021.

2021 Special Session of the General Conference

In response to the further postponement of the 2020 General Conference, the Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be convened online May 8, 2021.

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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 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 2020

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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2021 Special Session of the General Conference

2021 Special Session FAQs

Find out why the Council of Bishops called for the Special Session, how it will be held, and what topics will be addressed.

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The Council of Bishops issued a call for a Special Session of the General Conference that will be held May 8, 2021 and will be convened online. Illustration by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications.

COB Call for Special Session

On February 25, the Council of Bishops issued a call to convene a Special Session of General Conference and set its scope. View the letter and the 12 items of legislation to be considered by delegates.

The GC Technology Study Team considered a number of challenges and implications, including how to keep participants safe, providing for global participation, safeguarding the integrity of the voting and credentialing process, and meeting legal requirements. Illustration by Tomas Knopp, iStockPhoto.com.

Technology Study Team Report

The study team considered a number of challenges and implications, including how to keep participants safe, providing for global participation, safeguarding the integrity of the voting and credentialing process, and meeting legal requirements. View or download the report below.