Background: Our denomination is facing uncertain times as we struggle through debates over human sexuality – essentially how and whether we are going to include LGBTQ persons in ministry and the life of the church and how and whether we might maintain unity in the face of such diverse options, preferences, and practices. United Methodist News
The Special Called Session of the 2019 General Conference was held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis. Delegates voted in favor of the Wespath Recommendations regarding clergy pensions and for the Traditional Plan. This plan maintains the current language regarding ordination of homosexuals and same-gender marriages in the UMC Book of Discipline, but adds strict accountability measures. Legislation that is ruled constitutional will go into effect on January 1, 2020.
2019 Annual Conferences
During their annual conferences, 20 conferences (out of 54 U.S. regional conferences) voted to reject the Traditional Plan. A fairly common action taken by conferences was to create task forces/committees to consider options to move forward. Many conferences stood by the Traditional Plan or took no legislative action. While the NM Conference held a discussion with the GC2019 Delegates on the results of the special called session, we did not receive or vote on any petitions regarding human sexuality or the Traditional Plan.
The 2020 General Conference will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center from May 5 – 15th. More Info
The 2020 Annual Conference for the NM Conference will be a joint gathering with the NWTX Conference to be held June 4-6th in Lubbock. Bishop Bledsoe will be retiring in 2020. During the South Central Jurisdictional Conference, we will elect bishops and be assigned a new bishop. The jurisdictional conference will be held on July 15-18, 2020 in The Woodlands, TX.
General Conference 2020 Delegation
General Conference Delegates: Rev. Randall Partin & Sid Strebeck
Jurisdictional Conference Delegates: Rev. Pam Rowley & Susan Brumbaugh
Alternates: Rev. Todd Salzwedel, Rev. Eddie Rivera, Dan Salzwedel & Heath Husted
You may email the 2020 delegates directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.