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 […]

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 for General and Jurisdictional Conferences

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). These are the individuals who will vote at these conferences. Bishops do not have a vote at General Conference nor […]

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 […]