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The Tennessee Conference delegation will host multiple Listening Sessions this Fall to hear from you as they prepare to attend the Special Session of General Conference in St. Louis on February 23-26, 2019.

All of these listening sessions with members of our General Conference Delegation are open to everyone and will be on Sundays, 3-5 p.m.

October 14      Manchester First (Stones River District)
Manchester First UMC
105 Church St
Manchester, TN 37355-1670

October 21      Cookeville First (Caney Fork River District) AND Donelson Heights (Cumberland River District)
First UMC Cookeville
204 E Spring St
Cookeville, TN 38501-3310

Donelson Heights UMC
84 Fairway Dr
Nashville, TN 37214-2145

October 28      Columbia First (Harpeth River District)
Columbia First UMC
222 W 7th St
Columbia, TN 38401-3234

November 4    Clark Memorial (Red River District)
Clark Memorial UMC
1014 14th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208-3054

November 11  Madison Street (Red River District)
Madison Street UMC
319 Madison St
Clarksville, TN 37040-3646

All of these listening sessions with members of our General Conference Delegation are open to everyone and will be on Sundays, 3-5 p.m.


General Conference Delegates      General Conference logo

The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body met at the Oregon Convention Center, on May 10-20, 2016. The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.

General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which meets once every four years.

The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. It also approves plans and budgets for church-wide programs.

At that May session, the Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church.

A report concerning this work will be presented to the Special Session of the General Conference called for February in St. Louis. The 2017 Tennessee Annual Conference voted to retain the 2016 delegates for this 2019 session.

The Tennessee Conference delegates can be contacted regarding the special session at this email address set up so they ALL receive sent messages: COWF@tnumc.org

Delegate meeting

Delegate meeting in March 2016.

   Laity                                                              Clergy                                              
Jim Allen                                                          Harriet Bryan
Holly Neal                                                        Jacob Armstrong
Connie Clark                                                    Stephen Handy
George Brown                                                 Jackson Henry

Southeast Jurisdictional Conference Delegates

The 2016 Southeastern Jurisdiction Conference met July 13 – 15, 2016 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in North Carolina. New bishops were elected for the jurisdiction during this gathering.

The delegation includes the eight delegates elected to General Conference (above), plus the following:

SEJ 2016 logoClergy
Max Mayo
Bryan Brooks
Tommy Ward
Cherie Parker

Laity
Joy Lewter
Angela Overstreet
Kent McNish
Heather Bennett

Alternate Delegates

Clergy
Lynn Hill
Ken Murray
Paul Purdue
Michael Williams

Laity
Sarah Matthews
Deen Thompson
Todd Cox
Mike Giffin

News
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Bishops clarify statement on Commission on a Way Forward recommendation

May 18, 2018 - May 25, 2018 During their meeting earlier this month, the bishops voted to recommend the One ...

Commission ends its work; hears bishops’ recommendation for a way forward

May 17, 2018 - May 17, 2018 NASHVILLE — The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward for The United Methodist ...

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Bishops announce results of five constitutional amendments; two fail to get two-thirds majority

May 7, 2018 - May 7, 2018 WASHINGTON, D. C.  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has ...

Resources
Timeline | Commission on a Way Forward

January 18-20, 2018: Commission on a Way Forward meeting February 25-28, 2018: Council of Bishops meeting

Watch GC2016 episcopal address

PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) — Ohio West Area Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, on behalf of the Council

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