Long-delayed General Conference has begun

April 23, 2024

The General Conference of The United Methodist Church is now underway in Charlotte, North Carolina, from April 23 to May 3. The denomination’s highest legislative body convenes every four years but last met in full session in 2016. The 2020 session was postponed by the Covid pandemic and daunting international travel challenges. So that delayed session is meeting now in 2024.

Members of the Greater New Jersey (GNJ) and Eastern Pennsylvania (EPA) delegations arrived safely and are actively engaged in proceedings, which began with opening worship Tuesday after 2 p.m.

The first week will offer a mix of plenary sessions, to hear reports and special addresses, and categorized legislative committees to discuss and debate proposed appropriate resolutions. Each delegate is assigned to serve on a legislative committee. Resolutions that are approved by committees will be further legislated by the full body next week.

Stay Informed: Follow updates and learn more at the main General Conference website.

Live Stream: Watch the plenary sessions live at General Conference Live Stream, available in multiple languages including English, ASL, Spanish, Korean, French, and Portuguese. There will be no sessions conducted on Sunday, April 28, considered a day of sabbath rest.

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Photo: Greater New Jersey Conference delegates to General Conference gather before the opening session. James Lee photo