Commission on the General Conference establishes timeline for next steps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 18, 2020 The Commission on the General Conference held a two-day virtual gathering December 11-12, 2020 to discuss complex matters concerning the postponed 2020 General Conference session that is currently set for August 29 – September 7, 2021. It was decided that the Technology Study Team, must submit their report to the Commission by January […]

Southeastern Jurisdiction Conference Postponed

From a message sent to all SEJ Delegates: The decision has been made to postpone all 2020 U.S. Jurisdictional Conferences scheduled for July. According to our Book of Discipline, all Jurisdictional Conferences occur simultaneously on a date set by the Council of Bishops. As soon as the dates for the rescheduled General Conference are released, the […]

General Conference to move to 2021

March 23, 2020 General Conference to move to 2021 Nashville, Tenn.: Subsequent to the announcement by the Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference that the 2020 General Conference will be postponed, the full Commission met March 21, 2020 to determine next steps to take in setting a new date. After hearing recommendations from Sara […]

Commission on the General Conference to Meet March 21, 2020

Nashville, Tenn.: As concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic continue to escalate, the Commission on the General Conference will meet on March 21 via teleconference to discuss plans for the 2020 General Conference, scheduled for May 5-15, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minn. According to the United Methodist Book of Discipline, in the absence of a convened General […]

A New Resource Available to Aid the Discussion of Sexuality in the Church

Faithful and Inclusive: The Bible, Sexuality, and The United Methodist Church, a DVD video resource released this past fall, is now available at Cokesbury. This resource has sold over 900 copies nationally. Many pastors and laity have expressed a desire for resources to help their congregation learn about and discuss the current issue of sexuality […]

SEJ Heads of Delegations Release Statement of Support for “Protocol” Proposal

Many of the Southeast Jurisdiction (SEJ) Heads of Delegations signed the below statement of support for the proposed Protocol of Grace & Reconciliation Through Separation. The heads of the Tennessee Conference delegation, Rev. Harriet Bryan and Jim Allen are among those who signed the statement. The SEJ Heads of Delegations have had three face-to-face meetings. […]

Southeastern Jurisdiction Leaders Collaborate in Montgomery

January 16, 2020 The 2020 Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) Leadership Gathering was held in Montgomery, AL, January 7-9. SEJ Bishops, Directors of Connectional Ministries, Lay Leaders and the Committee on Episcopacy gathered from nine states and fourteen conferences to worship, collaborate in ministry, and discuss the current climate of the United Methodist Church. The meeting was […]