One of the most important issues facing General Conference 2020 (held in 2024) is worldwide regionalization. This legislation would enable the United States to adapt parts of the Book of Discipline (not involving our beliefs) to our context, as other countries are able to do already. Today, April 25, 2024, the General Conference voted 78% for and 22% against to adopt legislation to begin the process of worldwide regionalization. Once the legislation is translated into required languages, all the annual conferences will have to ratify by a 2/3 vote. The ratification process will likely occur in 2025. For more information about the regionalization legislation, click here.

New Mexico Conference Clergy Delegate, Rev. Dr. Pam Rowley commented from the plenary floor, “There was a lovely spirit in the space. An important decision has been made to lead us into the future, a future with hope.”

General Conference 2020 continues with Plenary Sessions in the morning and Legislative Committee work in the afternoon until Saturday, April 27th. On Monday, April 29th, Plenary Sessions are scheduled from 9:20 am – 6:10 pm ET. Plenary Sessions will be livestreamed: click here.

Other upcoming important work includes deciding if or how many members to elect to the Judicial Council, removing language from the Book of Discipline regarding human sexuality, and adopting the Revised Social Principles. Of course, this is only a tiny portion of the work the General Conference must do in a week and a half. Please continue to lift up all involved and the process.