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Eastern PA to hold 2nd online Annual Conference May 20-22

[This story was updated March 30, following a Council of Bishops meeting.]

While The United Methodist Church's General and Jurisdictional conferences have been postponed once again until 2022, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 236th session of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference will meet as planned May 20-22.

The shortened Annual Conference will take place mostly online for a second consecutive year, after making history with that first-time format in 2020. The annual Clergy Session is set for Thursday, May 20, at 9 AM, and the Laity Session at 1 PM—both online. The Conference’s opening worship and business session will begin on Friday, May 21, at 9 AM. And a Conference teaching session will begin at 2 PM.

The full day’s session will be held as a Zoom webinar for voting members. All members must use a computer or tablet to vote on legislation using Zoom's polling feature, Non-voting members will again be able to view the session livestreamed on the Conference’s Facebook page.

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April 18: Rule Change Vote & District Conferences

Conference members will meet via Zoom on Sunday, April 18, at 3 PM, to vote on a motion to suspend the Session Rules of Order and thus, allow for a second online Annual Conference with online voting. District Conferences will follow at 4 PM, convening in separate Zoom Webinars to handle key District matters.

April 18, 2020

  • 3 PM - Rule Change Vote with all Conference Members
  • 4 PM - District Conferences

You will receive the webinar link for the 3 PM Vote and the 4 PM District Conference (for your own district) in your confirmation email, once you register below.

Register for April 18

Offerings

You will be able to contribute to the Annual Conference offerings along with your registration payment. The following offerings will be options on the registration:

Scholarships (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Youth & Young Adult Offering
Board of Ordained Ministry
Camping & Retreat Ministries

2021 Annual Conference Resolutions

All resolutions were submitted to the Conference Secretary, the Rev. Jacqueline Hines, by March 5. Conference members are invited to submit suggested changes or questions about the resolutions.  Any revisions the authors make to their initial resolutions, in response to questions and suggestions, will be due to the Conference Secretary by April 2. Perfected resolutions will be published by April 13.

All Resolutions:

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