Connectional Table

Can General Conference be virtual? An Interview with Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai of The Connectional Table talks with Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton of the New York Annual Conference about whether it's prudent or fair to hold the in-person General Conference planned for 2021.

Also hear Bishop Bickerton discuss church polity and about the power of the United Methodist connection.
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Emerging Methodism Video Series Introduction

Wesley's historic questions were about what to teach, how to teach and what to do. For the next interval of features for the Connectional Table's Emerging Forum we will seek to update these questions for our current moment. We will invite energetic conversation that will illumine our identity which is tied to what and how we teach, our preferred actions, what we do and our abiding hopes as we envision the future United Methodist Church.


How will a delay in General Conference affect local churches and conferences?

The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai and Bishop Bickerton discuss the implications of another possible delay of General Conference and the idea of regionalism as it relates to the impact of that delay.

How does our church polity keep us from moving forward?

The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai talks with Bishop Bickerton about whether our current church polity keeps us from moving into the future, particularly from his perspective as the bishop of an annual conference.


How are United Methodists stronger together?

In this segment, Bishop Bickerton shares his views with the Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai about the strength and power of the United Methodist connection.


About Emerging: God Is Doing a New Thing in United Methodism

This video interview is part of a series created for "Emerging: God Is Doing a New Thing in United Methodism," which is an online forum created by the Connectional Table to engage United Methodists with a diversity of perspectives from across our worldwide connection in thinking deeply about what is emerging at this time in the life of our connection.