The United Methodist Church

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General Conference Update

The postponed 2020 UMC General Conference is scheduled for August 29-September 6, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The global United Methodist Church (UMC) has struggled with the issues of human sexuality and gender identity over the last nearly 50 years. Fundamental differences regarding the UMC and its member's understanding/interpretation of Scripture, theology and practice concerning same gender marriage and ordination of LGBTQ+ clergy have continued following ruling of the 2019 Special Session/UMC General Conference. Since the ruling, several groups of UMC members representing each of these constituencies formed and have developed new plans for consideration at the next UMC General Conference.

One of the groups led by Bishop John Yambasu of the Africa Central Conference was uniquie in that it was comprised of 5 persons representing progressives, centrists and traditionalists with the goal of reaching a gracious and dignified resolution of this impasse. The plan was introduced to the UMC in January 2020 and is called A Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation. This proposal is known as The Protocol.

Link to additional information concerning The Protocol

Also helpful background on development and provisions of The Protocol:

Please join in this prayer written by Pastor Chuck for the 2022 General Conference.

Information Sessions

Information Sessions are planned at MUMC in Spring 2022 in preparation for the upcoming 2022 UMC General Conference.

See Past Resources & Matthews UMC Healthy Conversation Sessions.

Refer to The United Methodist Church website for complete/current information.