NASHVILLE—Delegates from South Carolina will head to a jurisdictional legislative event in Nashville this month designed to help them learn about proposed legislation at this year’s General Conference.
General Conference is the global United Methodist Church’s quadrennial legislative gathering set for May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon, where representatives from all over the world examine, discuss, pray, debate and eventually determine a host of key legislative issues that will become church law for the next four years.
The Pre-General Conference Legislative Event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Andrew Price Memorial UMC, Nashville. The day will include a chance to hear from each of the UMC’s general agencies about proposed legislation. They will also get the chance to hear a brief report on the pending General Board of Global Ministries move to Atlanta, followed by information from the Southeastern Jurisdiction’s Committee on Episcopacy about the episcopal election process at Jurisdictional Conference, set for July at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
In the afternoon, delegates will divide into Legislative Committee groups for further discussion around proposed legislation.
Sixteen South Carolina delegates (eight clergy and eight laity) and alternates were elected in 2015 to attend General Conference. Dr. Tim McClendon has again been elected as the South Carolina episcopacy nominee for the 2016 General and Jurisdictional conferences.