[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.
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.
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
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.
This year the Eastern PA Annual Conference, May 20-22, will again be a time when the voices and views of diverse leaders can be heard to inform, inspire and maybe even involve members in trying new approaches to 21st century evangelistic outreach ministry.
Important traditions will be upheld—everything from singing Charles Wesley’s venerable hymn “And Are We Yet Alive?” to asking new ordinands John Wesley’s Historic Questions, to celebrating the holy sacrament of baptism through our Conference theme, “Come to the Water.” Read More
Eastern PA Annual Conference members will learn from a leading author and professor in contemporary evangelism during their 2021 annual session on Zoom and Facebook Live, May 21 at 2 PM. The Rev. Frederick Douglas Powe, Jr., PhD., is Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership and James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism (an E. Stanley Jones Professorship) and Professor of Urban Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC.
Dr. Powe, a recognized expert in African American and urban evangelism and a clergy member of the Baltimore/Washington Conference... Read More
With the theme “Come to the Water,” the Eastern PA Conference’s Connectional Ministries will celebrate the ministry of baptism and confirmation in our Annual Conference in 2021. We would love to share photos, videos and stories of church baptisms and confirmations, if permitted by the families involved, as part of our celebration at Annual Conference and throughout the year.
If you have or can obtain photos or videos of baptisms or confirmations performed by your church, please share them with us. Send them to our NEWSpirit Communications office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos of confirmation classes on Zoom are welcome, too. Read More