UMC Bishops pose five questions to Judicial Council on Traditional Plan

June 27, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church (COB) has asked the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision as to the constitutionality, meaning, application and effect of certain petitions adopted as the Traditional Plan by the 2019 General Conference held in St. Louis, Missouri, in February. Although the […]

Tennessee Delegates Elected

The following individuals were elected on Thursday, June 13, at the 2019 Tennessee Annual Conference to serve as delegates to represent the Tennessee Conference at the 2020 General Conference (May 5-15, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota). 2020 General Conference Clergy Delegates Harriet Bryan Stephen Handy Marie King Samantha “Sam” McGlothlin 2020 General Conference Lay Delegates Jim […]

Bishops Respond to Judicial Council Ruling on the Special Session

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops expresses its deep gratitude to the Judicial Council for its careful review of the actions of the 2019 General Conference. The Judicial Council’s decisions are clear and sound, and they give helpful guidance to the Church. In Decision 1378, the Judicial Council ruled that the constitutional parts of […]

Live stream discussion: special session of General Conference

March 10, 2019 General Conference delegates and Bishop McAlilly discuss special session legislation and how it affects us in the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences. The recording of the livestream is now available. Live stream participants: Bishop Bill McAlilly Moderator: Rev. Deborah Owens Tennessee Conference delegate leaders: Jim Allen & Rev. Harriet Bryan Memphis Conference delegation […]

General Conference tightens language on ordination of LGBTQI persons, same-gender marriage in UMC

ST. LOUIS – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church would like to thank the delegates to the Special Session of the General Conference for their diligent work during the 2019 conference, which ended today in St. Louis, in the United States. The General Conference is the highest legislative body in the church […]

General Conference 2019 Special Session – Day 3, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

During the third day of the special session of General Conference, the Legislative Committee (all 864 lay and clergy delegates) voted on whether or not petitions submitted to the General Conference will go forward to the Tuesday plenary session for a final vote. Amendments and arguments before and against various petitions were heard throughout the […]