In response to the further postponement of the 2020 General Conference, the Council of Bishops (COB) is calling a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be convened virtually on May 8, 2021.
United Methodist Bishops Reconsider May 8 Special Session of General Conference
The bishops announced that they will dedicate their regularly scheduled April meeting to conversation based on results of listening sessions that are occurring and discern a possible need for a new timeline leading up to the General Conference 2020 set for August 29 to September 6, 2022, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
At the April meeting, the bishops will also discuss ways to empower the work at the Jurisdictional and Central Conferences.
“Much has been learned over the past few weeks and the extended timeline will allow for even deeper listening by the bishops at the general church level but also in our residential settings,” said Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, president of the Council. “We are thankful for the collaboration fostered with the Commission on General Conference and especially grateful for the work that had already begun in the planning for the Special Session,” Bishop Harvey added.
Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga
Director of Communications - Council of Bishops