04 May 2020
The Methodist Conference will meet online this year
The Conference Business Committee has agreed that the Conference will meet between June 25 – July 2 2020 in order to conduct its essential business. The committee recognised that the restrictions that are likely still to be in place at the end of June mean that an online meeting is necessary. The committee was encouraged by the experience of the Council when it met online.
The Conference will open with the Induction of the President and Vice-President and the rest of the timetable can be viewed here. Reception into Full Connexion will take place on Saturday 27 but ordinations will be delayed to a later date.
Not everything in the original agendas will take place this year. The restriction on groups meeting has meant that some Synods have not been able to meet and give full consideration to God in Love Unites Us, and the Council agreed that the debate and voting on the provisional resolutions will be deferred until the 2021 Conference. This also means that any other business (eg memorials) relating to those resolutions will not be considered this year.
We are particularly mindful of those for whom this is a significant Conference personally (eg ordinands and those designated for office) and hope that the Methodist people will keep them and all the representatives in their prayers.