God is often experienced in community. Here we hope to post resources from our larger community to experience God in the questions of life.
GENERAL CONFERENCE LISTENING SESSIONS
UPDATE: As of March 16, 2020, all General Conference Listening Sessions previously scheduled have been cancelled. If there are more that are scheduled at a later date, we will update them here.
Previously, the Wisconsin Delegation to General & Jurisdictional Conferences had scheduled informational sessions throughout the Wisconsin Annual Conference in the coming months. The purpose of these gatherings was to provide information and answer questions on what is coming before the General Conference in May and Jurisdictional Conference in July.
The People Called Methodists
The United Methodist Church is a global denomination with a rich history. If you are interested in learning about the history of the church, click here for useful resources from the denomination.
We are also a diverse church who tries to explore our faith through Scripture, Tradition, Experience, and Reason. We recognize that every person is unique and experiences faith in unique ways. Therefore, it is a challenge to list "what we believe" concisely. As a starting place, check out these resources from the denomination on who we are and what we believe.
Check out The United Methodist Church's website here.
To see information about the UMC specific to our work in the Wisconsin Annual Conference, check out this website.
Our Path Forward
As a diverse denomination, the people called Methodists are at a cross-roads in reconciling our different theologies surrounding human sexuality and gender identity. The UMC has even made headlines about the potential of a church split. A split can only be decided upon by the governing body known as General Conference. This group of 862 delegates from around the world will come together in May of 2020 to vote on our path forward. For more information, please see the resources below.
For more information on General Conference 2020, please click here.
Multiple plans have been submitted to the delegates of General Conference concerning our path forward. To review these plans, please click here.
One of the more prominent plans to come out is called the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation. To read this protocol in its original format, click here.
To read the press release from the authors who drafted this protocol, click here.
To read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) as compiled by the authors of the Protocol, click here.
To read a summary of the protocol by the United Methodist News Service, click here.
The UM News Service recorded a panel discussion on January 13 with members from the team who authored the protocol. The video of the discussion can be found here. Please note the discussion does not begin until the 5 minute and 45 second mark in the video.
To read Bishop Jung's response to the Protocol, or to read a summary of the protocol and process from out pastors please see the documents below.