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UMC bishops announce dates for postponed 2020 jurisdictional conferences

Virginia Bishop Sharma Lewis is moved as she is consecrated a bishop. The first African-American woman to be elected bishop since 2000, she  was elected on the first ballot at the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.  Photo by Burt Williams, Western North Carolina Conference.
Virginia Bishop Sharma Lewis is moved as she is consecrated a bishop. The first African-American woman to be elected bishop since 2000, she was elected on the first ballot at the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Photo by Burt Williams, Western North Carolina Conference.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has announced new dates for the 2020 jurisdictional conferences in the United States, which have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The jurisdictional conferences in the United States will be held Nov. 10-12, 2021. The days prior to and after can be used at the discretion of each jurisdictional conference.

In the call letter to jurisdictional conferences secretaries and heads of delegations, COB President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey noted that the dates chosen by the bishops intentionally followed the postponed 2020 General Conference, which will now take place Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The bishops have the authority to set dates for the Jurisdictional Conferences as per Division Two - Section II - Article IV of The Constitution of The United Methodist Church (¶26 of The Book of Discipline 2016).

As per ¶30 of The Book of Discipline, central conferences outside the United States will be held within a year following the postponed 2020 General Conference that will now be held in 2021.

“The Council of Bishops encourages the entire United Methodist Church to continue in deep, unceasing prayer for the Holy Spirit to guide us through these unprecedented times of challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. God, who has been with us on this journey, will see us through and bring us together in praise and worship,” the call letter stated.

Read the letter sent to the heads of delegations, jurisdictional conference secretaries, secretary of the General Conference and the chairperson of the Commission on the General Conference.


Contact:

The Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga, Director of Communications
Council of Bishops, The United Methodist Church
100 Maryland Avenue NE, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20002
[email protected], 202-547-6270.