UMC General Conference
The United Methodist Church is a worldwide connection of more than 12 million members in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States. We are the person next door, the church on the other side of the country, and the worshipping community across the globe.
General Conference is the official body that sets policy for all United Methodist Churches in the world. They revise the Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions, whole also making amendments to the UMC Constitution. Representatives of regional bodies send representatives to the General Conference meeting that occurs every four years. To learn more, watch here.
The quadrennial legislative event was planned for Summer 2020, but delayed due to COVID-19. It will now take place on August 29-September 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
A Way Forward
In 2019 a Special General Conference was held to discuss a way forward concerning the role of LGBTQ persons in leadership within the UMC. There has also been significant conversation around the challenges (while also acknowledging the joys) of being a world-wide denomination with policy that is hard to adapt culturally throughout the world.
In January 2020 the UMC Council of Bishops announced a diverse group of representatives from United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world has collaborated on a proposed agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church (UMC) that has the unanimous support of all the parties involved.
This proposal is one of MANY being submitted for consideration at the next General Conference.
Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation
FAQ Document with further details of this recommendation.
What's CUMC believe?
At CUMC we are a congregation of diverse experiences and theological beliefs. We all understand the Bible as God's word for us, but how we read and understand that in our lives differs.
The pastors at CUMC believe that every person, no matter gender, sexual identity, race, or ability has been created by God and is loved by God - and therefore should be loved by us. Our congregation has many families with LGBTQ family members, and seeks to welcome everyone with Christ's love. Lay leadership at CUMC is based on one's discipleship and giftedness to serve. Our pastors are currently restricted by the Book of Discipline and unable to officiate same-sex marriages, but they can be involved in the services. Please contact a pastor if this is your desire.