General Conference Day of Prayer – Saturday

General Conference Day of Prayer – Saturday

History is being made in St. Louis. Not only will the special called session of General Conference, Feb. 23-26, be the first special session since the one in 1970 that dealt with the organization of The United Methodist Church, but the Day of Prayer on Saturday will be historic, too. It will represent the first time that a general session has been launched with such an extended period of communal prayer: Six-and-a-half hours, beginning at 9 a.m. Central Standard Time and ending at 3:30 p.m. CST.

Looking to Acts 15: A “Special Session” of the Church

This is an opinion piece; an "Op-Ed" we could say. The opinions that are expressed are my own and I know of folks who will disagree and I know of many folks who will agree and say I don't go far enough. That's way it is with opinion. But this opinion is not in a...

Social connection during GC2019

Social connection during GC2019

During General Conference 2019, you'll be able to engage with the people at the Special Session and others around the world that want to be a part of the historic conversation. 1) Twitter (@wjumc) - If you're looking for plain real-time commentary, join Twitter, the...

How to hack The United Methodist Church in 11,397 easy steps

In an insightful interview, progressive United Methodist blogger and reserve #GC2019 clergy delegate Jeremy Smith offers his thoughts on the upcoming special session, the art of online advocacy, and some advice for leaders who may need to respond to a hurting church.

Petitions at General Conference

How We Got Here It’s been nearly 50 years of conflict concerning human sexuality in the United Methodist Church. Over the last few General Conferences, there have been various plans for how to move forward as a denomination, but nothing has been implemented. Coming...

WJ College of Bishops offer Epiphany message of hope

The Western Jurisdiction’s College of Bishops offers a video reflection on Epiphany and the baptism of Christ which speaks to the Church’s calling to illuminate God’s revelation in Jesus and to live into family as God defines it.

Western Jurisdiction delegates support the One Church Plan

We, the delegates of the Western Jurisdiction, have closely followed the work of the Commission on the Way Forward and have had in-depth conversations across the Jurisdiction and the United Methodist connection in preparation for the specially called session of the...

WJ Mission Cabinet endorses the One Church Plan

Grace and peace in the name of Christ to the people called United Methodist of the Western Jurisdiction. We are the Mission Cabinet of the Western Jurisdiction, composed of your bishops, directors of connectional ministries, and leadership team chair. We speak to you...