Greater NJ Annual Conference for the UMC {2017}

©2017 Shari DeAngelo

About the Special Session of General Conference

In February, United Methodists throughout the world will come together to discern how our denomination will move forward concerning issues of human sexuality in the church. A Special Session of General Conference has been called to consider three plans that have been submitted. We’ve curated these webpages to provide information to our leaders and congregations to have information on the three plans, how to talk about the issues within congregations and actions we can take in this time of uncertainty.

Hope Church in Voorhees created 5 Guiding Principles to use in their discernment. We’ve attached it here for you to consider as a model.

If you need other information or would like additional resources, please contact your District Superintendent.

Why is there a Special Session of the General Conference?

In 2016, the General Conference asked the Bishops of the United Methodist Church to lead a process that would find a way forward for the church concerning human sexuality and, in particular, the inclusion of gays and lesbians in the church. The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. They presented their findings to the Council of Bishops who have recommended a proposal for consideration at the Special Session.