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New Dates General & Central Conference

Submitted by umccopenhagen on Fri, 05/29/2020 - 09:22
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Organizers have announced that the next General Conference will be Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2021, in Minneapolis.

 The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly was postponed from this May by the COVID-19 pandemic. The postponed General Conference will remain at the Minneapolis Convention Center as originally planned.

This also implies that the legislation passed at the 2019 called session of the General Conference will not come into effect in the Central Conferences until September 7. 2022.

At this point no announcement has been made of new deadlines for submitting additional petitions to the postponed General Conference.

With the legislative assembly now officially on the calendar, the Council of Bishops has announced new dates for the five jurisdictional conferences —simultaneous meetings where new U.S. bishops are elected. The jurisdictional conferences, originally scheduled for July, will now be Nov. 10-12, 2021.

The seven central conferences — church regions in Africa, Europe and the Philippines — also are rescheduling their meetings and bishop elections. The Book of Discipline, the denomination's policy book, requires the gatherings be held within a year of General Conference.

The Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference originally scheduled for March 2021 has been rescheduled to 6-10. April 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia.  Bishop Eduard Khegay’s first term as a bishop comes to an end, and he can be re-elected for a four-year term. Bishop Christian Alsted’s second term comes to an end, and there will be episcopal election.  

Further information regarding the deadlines for submitting petitions and resolutions to the re-scheduled central conference and for making nominations for the episcopacy will be announced after the spring meeting of the central conference council in 2021.   



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