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Wednesday, January 22
 

5:00pm CST

On Site Registration and Check-In
Upon arrival, we invite everyone to check in at the registration desk to pick up a nametag and other items. If you have not already paid your registration fee, you may pay via check or credit card only.

Wednesday January 22, 2020 5:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Prefunction Area above the escalators on Level Two

7:00pm CST

Reception
Speaker: Dan Krause, General Secretary/CEO, United Methodist Communications

Wednesday January 22, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Grand View Terrace
 
Thursday, January 23
 

7:30am CST

On Site Registration and Check-In
Upon arrival, we invite everyone to check in at the registration desk to pick up a nametag and other items. If you have not already paid your registration fee, you may pay via check or credit card only.


Thursday January 23, 2020 7:30am - 5:00pm CST
Prefunction Area above the escalators on Level Two

9:00am CST

Opening worship with communion
Bishop Bruce Ough, host bishop for the 2020 General Conference, will bring the sermon in this opening worship led by Raymond Trapp, General Conference worship leader.

Speakers:
Bishop Bruce Ough, Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area
Raymond Trapp, Worship and Music Director for General Conference 2020


Thursday January 23, 2020 9:00am - 9:45am CST

9:45am CST

Welcome from United Methodist Communications
Speakers:
Dan Krause, General Secretary/CEO, United Methodist Communications
Tim Tanton, Chief News Officer, United Methodist Communications

Morning moderator: The Rev. Gary Henderson, Chief Relationship Officer, United Methodist Communications

Thursday January 23, 2020 9:45am - 9:55am CST
Broadway Ballroom West

9:55am CST

Greetings from the Nashville Episcopal Area
Speaker: Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly, Resident Bishop


Thursday January 23, 2020 9:55am - 10:00am CST
Broadway Ballroom West

10:00am CST

Welcome to Minneapolis – Host Team Presentation
The Dakotas-Minnesota Host Team will share how the church is preparing for General Conference visitors, as well as opportunities for enjoying your stay in Minneapolis.

Speakers:
Becky Boland, Co-chair, Dakotas-Minnesota Host Committee
The Rev. Jim Haun, Chair, Dakotas-Minnesota Host Committee


Thursday January 23, 2020 10:00am - 10:25am CST
Broadway Ballroom West

10:25am CST

Break
Thursday January 23, 2020 10:25am - 10:40am CST

10:40am CST

“… And Know That I am God”
The theme of General Conference provides a touchstone for remaining centered in God’s grace and also a guide for our interactions at the assembly.

Speakers:
The Rev. Tom Albin, Director of Spiritual Formation and Congregational Life, The Upper Room, Discipleship Ministries
Kim Simpson, Chair, Commission on General Conference
Kara Oliver, Executive Director, The Upper Room Center for Christian Spiritual Formation, Discipleship Ministries


Thursday January 23, 2020 10:40am - 11:00am CST
Broadway Ballroom West

11:00am CST

Legislation related to structure of the church, proposed by groups (Part 1)
Delegates will deal with many proposals at General Conference. This session offers an overview of the proposals being brought by groups to address the church’s structure. Other legislative efforts will come to light with the release of the Advance Daily Christian Advocate after the briefing.

*NOTE: Plans are presented in alphabetical order*

Thursday January 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:00am CST
Broadway Ballroom West

11:00am CST

“New Denominations of Methodism” (Indianapolis Plan)
“New Denominations of Methodism” (Indianapolis Plan)
 
Speakers:
The Rev. Kent Millard, President, United Theological Seminary
The Rev. Darren Cushman Wood, Senior Pastor, North United Methodist Church, Indianapolis



Thursday January 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:20am CST
Broadway Ballroom West

11:20am CST

“New Expressions Worldwide” (UMForward)
Speakers:
The Rev. Alka Lyall, Pastor, Broadway United Methodist Church, Chicago
The Rev. Jonah Overton, Lead Pastor, Zao MKE Church, Milwaukee
The Rev. Alex da Silva Souto, Pastor, New Milford (CT) United Methodist Church
The Rev. Dr. Jay Williams, Lead Pastor, Union UM Church, Boston


Thursday January 23, 2020 11:20am - 11:40am CST
Broadway Ballroom West

11:40am CST

“Next Generation UMC” (UMCNext)
Speakers:
Lonnie Chafin, Treasurer, Northern Illinois Conference
The Rev. Jasmine Smothers, Pastor, Atlanta First United Methodist Church



Thursday January 23, 2020 11:40am - 12:00pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

12:00pm CST

Lunch and Open House at the Exhibitor Booths
Enjoy lunch and visit the ministries featured in the exhibit area outside the plenary hall.

Thursday January 23, 2020 12:00pm - 1:20pm CST

1:20pm CST

Legislation related to structure of the church (Part 2)
Legislation related to structure of the church (continued)

Afternoon moderator: Linda Bloom, Assistant News Editor, UM News, United Methodist Communications

Thursday January 23, 2020 1:20pm - 1:20pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

1:20pm CST

"Protocol of Grace & Reconciliation Through Separation"
Speakers:
The Rev. Keith Boyette, President, Wesleyan Covenant Association
The Rev. Junius Dotson, General Secretary/CEO, Discipleship Ministries
Jan Lawrence, Executive Director, Reconciling Ministries Network


Thursday January 23, 2020 1:20pm - 1:45pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

1:45pm CST

“U.S. Regional Conference” (Connectional Table proposal)
Speakers:
The Rev. Kennetha J. Bigham-Tsai, Chief Connectional Ministries Officer, Connectional Table
Barbara Boigegrain, General Secretary, Wespath Benefits and Investments


Thursday January 23, 2020 1:45pm - 2:05pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

2:05pm CST

Central Conference Perspectives
A panel of speakers from the central conferences will offer perspectives on the choices facing the church, the hopes and dreams of people in their areas, and whether they have felt included in the development of proposals for the church’s future.

Speakers:
Bishop John Wesley Yohanna, Nigeria Episcopal Area
The Rev. Ole Birch, District Superintendent, Denmark Annual Conference
The Rev. Igmedio Domingo, District Superintendent, Manila Area
The Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau, Director of Communication, North Katanga Episcopal Area

Panel moderator: Isaac Broune, UM News, United Methodist Communications

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Thursday January 23, 2020 2:05pm - 2:45pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

2:45pm CST

Break
Thursday January 23, 2020 2:45pm - 3:00pm CST

3:00pm CST

Q&A on Proposals for the Church’s Future
Representatives for the different restructuring proposals and central conference perspectives will answer questions from the audience in this moderated discussion.

Panel moderator: Sam Hodges, UM News Reporter, United Methodist Communications

Thursday January 23, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

4:00pm CST

The Legal Considerations
A panel of legal, financial and pension experts will discuss what delegates should know about The United Methodist Church’s structure as they consider legislation to change it.

Speakers:
Andy Hendren, Chief Legal Counsel, Wespath Benefits and Investments
The Honorable Pam Liston, President, United Methodist Church Conference Chancellors Association
Bryan Mills, Interim General Counsel, General Council on Finance and Administration

Panel moderator: The Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards, Ask The UMC, United Methodist Communications


Thursday January 23, 2020 4:00pm - 4:45pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

4:45pm CST

The UMC Budget and Budget Allocation Process
One of General Conference’s primary responsibilities is to approve a budget. Representatives of the General Council on Finance and Administration and the Connectional Table will explain the budget and how it was developed.

Speakers:
The Rev. Rachel Birkhahn-Rommelfanger, Assistant Connectional Ministries Officer, Connectional Table
A. Moses Kumar, General Secretary, General Council on Finance and Administration           
The Rev. Lyssette Perez, Member, Connectional Table Budget Allocations Committee, and President, MARCHA
The Rev. Steve Wood, Lead Pastor, Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, Alpharetta, Georgia

Panel moderator: Sharon Dean, Chief Officer of Communications and Marketing, General Council on Finance and Administration


Thursday January 23, 2020 4:45pm - 5:30pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

5:30pm CST

A Bishop's Perspective
Bishop Kenneth Carter will offer insights from the church’s journey during the past two years.

Speaker: Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr., President, United Methodist Council of Bishops


Thursday January 23, 2020 5:30pm - 5:50pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

5:50pm CST

Free time for dinner and networking
Thursday January 23, 2020 5:50pm - 5:50pm CST

5:50pm CST

Open House at the Exhibitor Booths
United Methodist ministries will be on display in the area outside the plenary hall. Briefing participants can visit booths, learn more about legislative priorities for different agencies and organizations, and get insight into ministries that are changing lives.

Thursday January 23, 2020 5:50pm - 5:50pm CST
 
Friday, January 24
 

8:00am CST

On Site Registration and Check-In
Upon arrival, we invite everyone to check in at the registration desk to pick up a nametag and other items. If you have not already paid your registration fee, you may pay via check or credit card only.


Friday January 24, 2020 8:00am - 1:00pm CST
Prefunction Area above the escalators on Level Two

8:30am CST

Devotional/worship
Worship led by Raymond Trapp and Nashville musicians will get us centered for the day.

Friday January 24, 2020 8:30am - 8:45am CST
Broadway Ballroom West

8:45am CST

General Conference: How It Will Work
The General Conference leadership team will guide us through the legislative process, sharing insights on how petitions are handled, parliamentary procedures, voting, and other vital topics.

Speakers:
Susan Brumbaugh, Coordinator of the Calendar, General Conference
The Rev. Gary Graves, Secretary, General Conference
The Rev. Abby Parker Herrera, Petitions Secretary, General Conference
Sara Hotchkiss, Business Manager, General Conference

Morning moderator: Mary Catherine Phillips, Director of Communications, Alabama-West Florida Conference

Friday January 24, 2020 8:45am - 9:45am CST
Broadway Ballroom West

9:45am CST

The Court Is in Session: Judicial Council’s Role
The United Methodist Church’s top court plays a critical role at General Conference. An expert explains how the Judicial Council has had a major impact on past assemblies.

Speaker: Sally Curtis AsKew, Former Member, Judicial Council

Friday January 24, 2020 9:45am - 10:00am CST
Broadway Ballroom West

10:00am CST

Our Global Connection
Work on a General Book of Discipline, the addition of new episcopal areas in Africa, and the restructuring of U.S. jurisdictions will be discussed in this panel.

Speakers:
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, Ohio West Episcopal Area
Fred Brewington, Chair, Jurisdictional Study Committee
George Howard, Director of Connectional Engagement, General Board of Global Ministries
The Rev. Deanna Stickley-Miner, Director of Connectional Ministries, West Ohio Conference

Panel moderator: Heather Hahn, UM News Reporter, United Methodist Communications


Friday January 24, 2020 10:00am - 10:35am CST
Broadway Ballroom West

10:35am CST

Break and Time at Exhibitors’ Booths
Friday January 24, 2020 10:35am - 3:30pm CST

10:45am CST

Breakout Workshop for Communicators: “Communicating About General Conference”
Communicators will discuss the hands-on work of communicating about General Conference. This session will include information on resources available to help communicators, brainstorming with General Conference veterans, and practical tips for providing coverage on site in Minneapolis and remotely from home.

Featured communicators:
Mark A. Doyal, Director of Communications, Michigan Conference
Doreen Gosmire, Director of Communications, Dakotas Conference
Christa Meland, Director of Communications, Minnesota Conference

Friday January 24, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm CST
Grand View Terrace

10:45am CST

Breakout Workshop for Delegates: “Wisdom, Courage and Listening”
This interactive session will engage conversation, seek to create common ground, and extend grace to help guide delegates to prepare spiritually for the journey. Wisdom, compassion, and courage are needed to help us listen deeply, respond faithfully to God and one another. Diverse leaders will share practical tools that spiritually equip delegates for dialogue with one another through making challenging decisions about The United Methodist Church.

Speakers:
The Rev. Scott Hughes, Executive Director of Congregational Vitality and Intentional Discipleship, Discipleship Ministries
The Rev. Dr. Jacqui King, Director of US Connectional Relationships, Discipleship Ministries
Alma Pérez, Director of Hispanic/Latino Resourcing, Discipleship Ministries
Mighty Rasing, Director of Central Conference Relationships, Discipleship Ministries

Friday January 24, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

12:00pm CST

Luncheon Program: The UMC Ethnic Initiatives: Serving God’s Family
The United Methodist Church’s ethnic initiatives will share how the church is engaging people for Christ and building community across cultural boundaries.

Speakers:
Bishop Minerva Carcaño, San Francisco Episcopal Area
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, Ohio West Episcopal Area
The Rev. Jorge Domingues, Executive Director of Connectional Ministries, California-Nevada Conference
The Rev. Chebon Kernell, Executive Director, Native American Comprehensive Plan
Toska Medlock Lee, Interim Director, Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century
The Rev. John Oda, Program Manager, Asian American Language Ministry Plan
Manuel Padilla, Interim Executive Director, National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry
The Rev. Lyssette Perez, Pastor, Oasis United Methodist Church, Pleasantville, NJ and President, MARCHA
Monalisa Tuitahi, Executive Director, Pacific Islander Ministry Plan

Panel moderator: The Rev. Gustavo Vasquez, Director of Hispanic/Latino News, UM News, United Methodist Communications


Friday January 24, 2020 12:00pm - 1:15pm CST
  Break

1:15pm CST

The Status of Women in the Church and World
Leaders with three general agencies will discuss legislation to address the treatment of women and girls, as well as a proposed apology for victims and survivors of sexual misconduct in the church.

Speakers:
Harriett Jane Olson, General Secretary/CEO, United Methodist Women
Dawn Wiggins Hare, General Secretary/CEO, General Commission on the Status and Role of Women
Gilbert C. Hanke, General Secretary/CEO, United Methodist Men

Panel moderator: Kathy L. Gilbert, UM News Reporter, United Methodist Communications

Afternoon moderator: Charmaine Robledo, Director of Communications, Mountain Sky Conference


Friday January 24, 2020 1:15pm - 1:55pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

1:55pm CST

Young People’s Voice in the Church
Young adult leaders will give an overview of proposals to change young people’s ministries in the church.

Speakers:
Bethany Amey, Board Member, Division on Ministries with Young People, Discipleship Ministries
Jani Djamba, Board Member, Division on Ministries with Young People, Discipleship Ministries
Venus Mae Gatdula, Board Member, Division on Ministries with Young People, Discipleship Ministries and Connectional Table
Maggie Taylor, Co-chair, Division on Ministries with Young People, Discipleship Ministries

Panel moderator: Paul Gomez, Manager, Hispanic/Latino Seeker Communications, United Methodist Communications

Friday January 24, 2020 1:55pm - 2:25pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

2:25pm CST

Revised Social Principles
Delegates will consider the first major overhaul of the church’s Social Principles in nearly 50 years.

Speaker: The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary/CEO, General Board of Church and Society

Moderator for Social Principles and Social Witness combined panel: The Rev. Thomas Kim, Director of Korean/Asian News, UM News, United Methodist Communications

Friday January 24, 2020 2:25pm - 2:45pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

2:45pm CST

Our Social Witness
A proposed constitutional amendment on racism and resolutions on immigration and voter suppression are among the topics that General Conference will consider.

Speakers:
Bishop Minerva Carcaño, Chair, United Methodist Interagency Task Force on Immigration
Erin Hawkins, General Secretary, General Commission on Religion and Race

Moderator for Social Principles and Social Witness combined panel: The Rev. Thomas Kim, Director of Korean/Asian News, UM News, United Methodist Communications


Friday January 24, 2020 2:45pm - 3:15pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

3:15pm CST

Break
Friday January 24, 2020 3:15pm - 3:30pm CST

3:30pm CST

Clergy Legislation Overview
A significant pension plan change for clergy, along with an update from the Study on Ministry, will be among several items directly affecting clergy at General Conference.

Speakers:
Bill Kavanaugh, Chief Operating Officer, Wespath Benefits and Investments
The Rev. Dr. Tom Rand, Member, Study of Ministry Commission, and Lead Pastor, Sylvania (Ohio) First United Methodist Church


Friday January 24, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

4:00pm CST

Our Ecumenical Relationships
The Council of Bishops is proposing a resolution to implement a full communion relationship with the Episcopal Church. Other legislation includes a resolution to adopt a new doctrinal teaching, “Sent in Love: A United Methodist Understanding of the Church.”

Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Kyle R. Tau, Ecumenical Staff Officer, Faith & Order and Theological Development, Council of Bishops


Friday January 24, 2020 4:00pm - 4:20pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

4:20pm CST

Sharing the Story of General Conference: Tips for Delegates
If it’s not communicated, it didn’t happen. This panel of delegates and communicators will provide delegates with best practices for sharing about General Conference before, during, and after the assembly, including handling media interviews. As we leave the briefing, let’s begin telling the story.

Speakers:
The Rev. Andy Call, Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church in Cleveland
Rick Wolcott, Director of Communications, East Ohio Conference
The Rev. Byron Thomas, Ben Hill United Methodist Church in Atlanta
Sybil Davidson, Director of Communications, North Georgia Conference
Paul Black, Director of Communications, Illinois Great Rivers Conference

Panel moderator: Diane Degnan, Director of Public Relations, United Methodist Communications

Friday January 24, 2020 4:20pm - 5:00pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

5:00pm CST

Closing Devotions
We go forth remembering our General Conference theme and Whose we are.

Friday January 24, 2020 5:00pm - 5:15pm CST
Broadway Ballroom West

5:15pm CST

Adjourn
Friday January 24, 2020 5:15pm - 5:15pm CST