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 Delegates hold hands and pray during the February 23, 2019, opening plenary of the Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, held in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Paul Jeffrey for United Methodist News Service.

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General Conference 2020 petition submissions process opens

Petitions for consideration by the 2020 General Conference may be submitted through Sept. 18, 2019.

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Sara Hotchkiss, General Conference business manager, speaks to the Commission on General Conference during its meeting at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Heather Hahn, UM News.

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What to expect at General Conference 2020

Organizers are making some changes they hope will address issues arising from the 2019 General Conference.

Church and secular journalists, delegates and other interested parties meet during the United Methodist Church's pre-General Conference news briefing at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

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Register now for Pre-General Conference briefing

Early-bird, discounted registration is open through Oct. 31 for the Jan. 23-24 Pre-General Conference Briefing in Nashville, Tennessee. The briefing, sponsored by United Methodist Communications, will help delegates and communicators prepare for The United Methodist Church's top lawmaking assembly in May.

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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