General Conference

  • See the LA Times ad placed by the Cal-Pac Conference in response to the General Conference ruling. 
  • LA Times article: As United Methodist leaders tighten LGBTQ ban, churches struggle with path forward

  • Bishop Hagiya: Reflections from the Western Jurisdiction Meetings
    “…Of course, the huge reversal for me at General Conference was the death of the United Methodist Church that I love. We have always been the “big tent” where all people are welcome and affirmed.

  • Statement by Reverend Mark M. Nakagawa West District Superintendent, regarding the General Conference:
    Dear West District Clergy and Laity, 
    Last night I returned home from the special called General Conference in St. Louis, which was held to move the United Methodist Church forward on issues of LGBTQI inclusion.
    During the week I joined with fellow West District brethren to support the One Church plan that was itself was supported by the United Methodist Council of Bishops. 

  • Western Jurisdiction bishops offer a message of welcome
  • As the 2019 General Conference comes to a close the episcopal leaders of the Western Jurisdiction offer a video message to the church saying, “We will continue to be a home for all God’s people centered around a table of reconciliation and transformation. We are not going anywhere.”  

  • Message from United Methodist Insights:
    After an emotional day of prayers, amendments and delaying tactics, General Conference 2019 approved the constitutionally unsound Traditional Plan after a last-ditch effort to revive the One Church Plan. The margin of the vote was the closest in the 44-year history of debate over homosexuality, 438 to 384, a difference of 55 to 46 percent. What the decision portends for the unity of the global United Methodist Church remains to be seen.
    Since any legislation won’t become church law until Jan.1, 2020, the Council of Bishops has urged the denomination to remain focused on mission and ministry. The next General Conference in May 2020 in Minneapolis could reconsider the decisions of GC2019. Annual Conferences will elect their delegates to the 2020 assembly this year.

  • Western Juridiction Update:
    “We have long appreciated the richness of the global diversity of our United Methodist Church and have embraced opportunities to join with you all in the work of making disciples for the transformation of the world….READ FULL ARTICLE

  • President Kuan Responds to UMC General Conference 2019
    “After four days in St. Louis, MO, as one of 864 delegates to The United Methodist Church’s special Session of the General Conference, I am angry and heartbroken by the decision of the body not only to continue its injustices toward our LGBTQIA community but also to strengthen the prohibitions and punishments for those clergypersons who do not uphold the injustice.

  • General Secretary responds to General Conference 2019
    General Secretary Susan Henry-Crowe of the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church released the following statement after the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church adopted the Traditionalist Plan: READ FULL ARTICLE