The South Carolina Conference Delegation to the 2020 General Conference wants to hear from you in advance of the United Methodist Church’s next international meeting in May.
The delegation has scheduled four tri-district “Listening
Sessions” around the conference in January and February, and a fifth that will
be live online.
Every four years, United Methodists from around the world
assemble and connect in worship, prayer, communion, fellowship and the
legislative work that shapes our shared life. The UMC’s 2020 General
Conference is scheduled for May 5-15 in Minneapolis.
“Our delegation is eager to hear about the hopes and concerns of
United Methodists across the South Carolina Conference as we prepare for this
important gathering in May,” said Jackie Jenkins, a lay delegate and head of
the delegation. “We encourage everyone to participate in these Listening
Sessions and to do so in a way that is respectful, receptive and – most
importantly – prayerful.
“If we put our trust in God, the Holy Spirit will lead us in
these conversations and guide us for his purpose.”
Each Listening Session will begin at 3 p.m.:
- Jan. 5 – Indian Field UMC, 2030
U.S. 15, St. George (Charleston, Orangeburg and Walterboro districts)
- Jan. 26 – Union UMC, 7582
Woodrow St., Irmo (Columbia, Greenwood and Rock Hill districts)
- Feb. 9 – Central UMC, 167
S. Irby St., Florence (Florence, Hartsville and Marion districts)
- Feb. 16 – Mauldin UMC, 100
E. Butler Ave., Mauldin, (Anderson, Greenville and Spartanburg
- Feb. 23 – If you can’t make it
to one of the tri-district sessions, please join us for this live, online
session at umcsc.org/gc2020.
Our time together at each of the four tri-district sessions will
center on small-group discussions, with input from each table shared with the
gathering as a whole. Delegation members will be present and available at each
table to listen and facilitate the discussion.
The discussions will center on these three questions:
are your hopes for the UMC?
are your main concerns?
you want delegates attending the 2020 General Conference to know?
These sessions are designed to provide attendees with the
- Learn and ask questions about the purpose and function of the
General Conference in a safe, respectful environment.
- Share with the South Carolina delegates your hopes and concerns
about the United Methodist Church ahead of the 2020 General Conference.
These sessions are not designed to:
- Engage in a debate about the issue of human sexuality.
- Tell you or your congregation what to believe or do.
- Encourage delegates to vote one way or another on any particular
- Compel delegates to share their views on any particular issue.
prepare for these conversations, we encourage you to make use of the Listening
Session Resources at umcsc.org/gc2020.