United Methodist Church General Conference 2020

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Overview

Buncombe Street United Methodist Church (BSUMC) is part of a worldwide movement that began as an initiative to reform the Church of England in the 18th century and has grown into more than 42,000 congregations and several denominations worldwide. The United Methodist Church holds conferences to reach collective decisions about important contemporary matters affecting the church every four years. The next one of these conferences will take place over the first two weeks of May 2020. There is great pressure on the delegates to this meeting to come to a decision regarding human sexuality within the UMC. It is possible that one or two new methodist denominations result from the meeting.

What Will Change at BSUMC?

This is a time of uncertainty for members of the United Methodist Church. No one can predict what decisions will be made at the Conference. There are several proposed plans that will be ammended and potentially voted on by the delegates.  No matter what is decided, congregations will be faced with a series of decisions to be made at their local level related to affiliation over the coming months and years. But until the Conference, we wait – but not idly.

These months leading up to the Conference present an opportunity for members of Buncombe Street UMC to come together in unity. As John Wesley, the founder of our denomination exclaimed, “We may not think alike, but may we not all love alike?” We will draw on the dedication and resiliency which has persisted this congregation since 1834 to sustain us now. Most certainly, it is an opportunity for all to deepen their faith by affirming the basic tenants of Christianity while at the same time giving space to new inquiry and conversation. There are more than two perspectives on any given subject. (Just look at the four seperate accounts of Jesus’s life we find in the gospels!) Right now it is time to learn, pray, and grow together.

When the time comes to make decisions at our local level, we can be ready.

Where Can I Find More Information?

A number of resources exist to provide further study on the topic of human sexuality within Christianity. Ask one of the members of our pastoral staff or other knowledgeable persons to accompany you in considering a range of biblical perspectives.

BSUMC will hold informational sessions three times during the month of February to discuss the proceedings of General Conference 2020 and implications for our church. Each session will be led by the BSUMC pastoral staff as well as some lay leaders and is designed to last approximately one and a half hours. Please visit the websites suggested below as well as attend one of the informational sessions. There is a space below to submit questions that may be addressed during these informational sessions.

February 20 6:30 PM Sisk Hall – CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
February 23 4:30 PM Trinity Sanctuary
February 27 6:30 PM Sisk Hall

The BSUMC staff and lay leadership recommend visiting the sites listed below to learn more about processes and potential outcomes.

To identify our South Carolina delegates as well as watch a quick video overview of General Conference 2020, click on the South Carolina UMC website link below.

UMCSC.ORG

For more information about the proposed plans as well as FAQ’s about General Conference 2020, visit the Conference website link below. If you do not find the answer to your question among the FAQ’s, feel free to scroll to the bottom of this page to submit a question to BSUMC staff below. We may not be able to respond immediately, but please know that your question may be addressed during the information sessions.

RESOURCEUMC.ORG

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