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March 3 Storm and Tornado Damage

published 3/3/2019
The southern and eastern parts of Alabama have been in the line of significant storms and tornadoes today and the activity is not yet over. First responders are trying to gain access to several areas. According to Montgomery media outlets, there are several deaths in Lee County. We will wait to hear from our churches, pastors and members and inform you if there are any disaster response opportunities in the coming days and weeks. Please remember we are still in an active weather situation and will allow first responders to complete their search and recovery efforts before we assess needs.

Several United Methodist pastors are at East Alabama Medical Center ministering to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. 

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.

Photo is from previous Hurricane Michael damage is is not related to today's storms.

General Conference Day Four: Plenary Session

published 2/26/2019

A Video Message from Bishop Graves

We invite you to watch a video message from Bishop David Graves related to the conclusion of General Conference. Click here to viewClick here to read transcriptYou may also listen to this message as an audio-only podcast by clicking here, by searching for "AWFUMC Podcasts" on iTunes or in your preferred podcast player. We invite you to subscribe to these podcasts.

A Statement from the Alabama-West Florida Conference

The 2019 special-called session of General Conference has adjourned. Eight hundred and sixty-four delegates from around the world convened in St. Louis, MO, on February 23-26, 2019. The delegates examined paragraphs in the United Methodist Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and considered different various legislative pieces related to that topic.
 
In the legislative committee, several petitions passed, including the Traditional Plan. The One Church Plan did not pass. The Traditional Plan was passed in the plenary session but yesterday, several components of the Traditional Plan were ruled unconstitutional by the Judicial Council. The plan, as a whole, will be referred to Judicial Council again for review. Any components of The Traditional Plan deemed constitutional by The Judicial Council will take effect in January of 2020. We are, therefore, still under the guidance of the 2016 Book of Discipline.  
General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church and is the only voting body who can speak for the denomination. The next session will be held May 5-15, 2020. Ten delegates, half clergy and half laity, represented the Alabama-West Florida Conference at this gathering.

-The Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church

Click here to see statement online

In the News

Morning Worship: The offering in morning worship was for UMCOR, which consistently continues to assist the Alabama-West Florida Conference after Hurricane Michael. We are grateful for their partnership. 

Plenary Session: Today's work includes petitions that were passed in yesterday's session and the One Church Plan minority report. Complete details of amendments from yesterday may be found in today's DCA. Complete details on the plenary session will be available in the final DCA. 

One Church Plan #15 - Central Conference Implementation Time - Par. 543.17:
Petition number 90015 is found on page 383 in today's DCA (item one). The petition passed 507 to 310. 

One Church Plan #16 - Pension Liabilities - Par. 1504:
One Church Plan #17 - CRSP Amendment - Par. 1504:

Petitions 90016 and 90017 are found in the DCA on page 383, item two and three. An amendment was made, then they passed 561 to 254. A motion was made to reconsider these petitions citing some unintended consequences. That motion was approved 664 to 153. 90016 was amended by substitution and called to question. The amendment was passed 489 to 325. It was adopted 561 to 256. 

Judicial Council Ruling: Rev. Gary Graves, secretary of the General Conference, gave a report from the Judicial Council. Decision 1377, petition for declaratory decision for legislative committee of the General Conference regarding the constitutionality of legislative petitions amended and/or approved by legislative committee. Judicial Council made the following determination.:
90032 is constitutional;
90033 violates paragraphs 20 and 58 and is unconstitutional;
90034 violates paragraphs 20 and 58 and is unconstitutional;
90035 violates paragraphs 20 and 58 and is unconstitutional; 
90036 is constitutional;
90037 violates the principle of legality and is unconstitutional; 
90038 violates the principle of legality and is unconstitutional;
90039 violates the principle of legality and is unconstitutional;
90040 violates the principle of legality and is unconstitutional;
90042 is constitutional;
90043 is constitutional;
90044 is constitutional;
90045, second sentence, violates paragraphs 20 and 58 and is unconstitutional;
90046 is constitutional;
90047 is constitutional;
90059 violates paragraphs 33 and 41 and is unconstitutional;
90066 violates paragraph 33 and is unconstitutional. 

Minority Report, One Church Plan: 
The minority report has parliamentary priority and therefore was discussed next. Bishop Gregory Palmer, the presiding bishop, heard three speeches for and three against before a prayer was offered. The motion to substitute failed 374 to 449 and thus failed. 

The Traditional Plan
The traditional plan (except 90041 and 90048) as amended can be found on pages 182-186,190-194 in the ADCA. It passed 438 to 384. It will be referred to judicial council (see below). 

Disaffiliation Taylor New paragraph 2553: 
A minority report was presented as it was originally ruled unconstitutional. Petition number 90066 is on page 205 in the ADCA. The substitution for the minority report passed 402 to 400, therefore, making it the majority report. A vote was then taken on the minority report. It passed 420 to 390. 

Referral to Judicial Council: A motion was made to refer the Traditional Plan to the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision: It required a 20% vote and passed with a count of 405 to 395.  

AWF Spiritual Directors: The Alabama-West Florida Spiritual Directors are available to anyone in our conference who would like prayer in the coming days. Click here and Rev. Ashley Davis, AWF Director of Connectional Ministries, will coordinate your request.

AWF Post-conference Meetings

Bishop David Graves , the delegation and AWF conference leadership are inviting all clergy and laity to join them for an overview of the called session and a question and answer time. The dates and locations are below. Registration is not required for the meetings except for the two clergy gatherings. 

Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Montgomery FUMC
Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Covenant UMC in Dothan, AL
Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Covenant UMC in Dothan, AL (local pastors and associate members)
Sunday, March 10 2019, at Christ UMC in Mobile, AL
Monday, March 11, 2019, at Christ UMC in Mobile, AL (clergy) 

ADCA/DCA

Advance Daily Christian Advocate: The Daily Christian Advocate (DCA) is the official journal of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. It serves as the record of those who have been elected to serve as a delegate, the legislation submitted, and the decisions made by the General Conference. Click on the date to access each DCA. 
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Monday, February 25, 2019
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Multimedia

Photos: View photos from 2019 General Conference. 
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Monday, February 25, 2019
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
All photos by Luke Lucas. 

Social Media: Follow the action on social media through these channels. 
                

Hashtags: Use #umcgc and #gc2019 to join the Facebook and Twitter conversations and tag your Instagram photos using #umcgc. 

Stay connected throughout General Conference at https://www.awfumc.org/delegation.


A Statement from the Alabama-West Florida Conference

published 2/26/2019
The 2019 special-called session of General Conference has adjourned. Eight hundred and sixty-four delegates from around the world convened in St. Louis, MO, from February 23-26, 2019. The delegates examined paragraphs in the United Methodist Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and considered different various legislative pieces related to that topic.
 
In the legislative committee, several petitions passed, including the Traditional Plan. The One Church Plan did not pass. The Traditional Plan was passed in the plenary session but yesterday, several components of the Traditional Plan were ruled unconstitutional by the Judicial Council. The plan, as a whole, will be referred to Judicial Council again for review. Any components of The Traditional Plan deemed constitutional by The Judicial Council will take effect in January of 2020. We are, therefore, still under the guidance of the 2016 Book of Discipline.  
 
General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church and is the only voting body who can speak for the denomination. The next session will be held May 5-15, 2020. Ten delegates, half clergy and half laity, represented the Alabama-West Florida Conference at this gathering.

-The Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church
 
 

A Video Message from Bishop Graves: Conclusion of General Conference

published 2/26/2019

We invite you to watch a video message from Bishop David Graves related to the conclusion of General Conference. Click here to viewClick here to read transcript.

There are many resources available related to this special-called general conference session. Click here to access the dedicated page on the Alabama-West Florida Conference Website

You may also listen to this message as an audio-only podcast by clicking here, by searching for "AWFUMC Podcasts" on iTunes or in your preferred podcast player. We invite you to subscribe to these podcasts.


General Conference Day Three: Legislative Committee Work

published 2/25/2019

"Many wondered if we could address all of the petitions in one legislative day but today we were able to accomplish that. The delegates are very focused on the petitions and the votes consistently exemplify that. Thus far, the legislative committee has passed two petitions related to pension issues as well as two exit plans in addition to the traditional plan. This only moves these petitions to the plenary tomorrow where nothing is finalized until the votes are completed. There have been emotional moments, but I am proud of our delegation and how they have kept their composure. Tomorrow is a new day. Thank you to everyone who has been praying for all of us. We have felt your prayers."
-Dr. Steve Furr, Head of Delegation (laity)

In the News

Legislative Committee Work: The delegates continued their work of reviewing petitions, which were prioritized in yesterday's session. Complete details of amendments may be found in tomorrow's DCA and will be added on this link

The Traditional Plan: Up first on the agenda for the legislative voting body was The Traditional Plan (except 90041, 90048). This includes petitions numbers 90032-90040, 90042-90047 and can be found on pages 182-186,190-194 in the ADCA. An amendment to petition 90035 passed 451-375. The traditional plan passed in legislative committee with a vote count of 461-359. 

Disaffiliation - Taylor - NEW Par. 2553:
Petition 90066 is found on page 205 of the ADCA. The amendment to strike paragraph C, page 206, passed with a vote count of 599-223. An amendment to move point five above three on page 205 was proposed. It passed 478 to 343. Petition number 90066 passed with a vote count of 427 to 385.

Disaffiliation - Boyette - NEW Par. 2549:
Petition 90059 is found on page 201 of the ADCA. It was passed with a vote count of 425 to 392. 

One Church Plan (Except 90015):
Petitions 90001-90014 are found on page 164-168 of the ADCA. An amendment was passed with a vote count of 418 to 396 for petition 90008, page 166 in the ADCA, paragraph 340 changing shall to may. Amendment 90010 on page 166 in ADCA was passed with a vote count of 475 to 341 deleting wording in paragraph 415.6. not applying to laity. An amendment to petition 90013 on page 167 in the ADCA was passed with a vote of 404 to 403. The One Church Plan did not pass with a vote count of 386 to 436. 

Disaffiliation - Ottjes - NEW Par. 2548:
Petition number 90058 is on page 201 of the ADCA. This petition did not pass with a vote count of 172-634.

Approved Motions
A motion was approved to reject the remaining petitions except the Simple Plan. The vote count was 476 to 347. A motion was rejected to exclude the Connectional Conference Plan from the rejected petitions. The vote count was 272 to 519. The original motion to reject the remaining petitions (amended) was approved 734 to 64. A move to request a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council was made for a ruling on all petitions passed today, in the order they were passed. The required one-fifth vote was present with a count of 437 to 371.

A Simple Plan:
Petitions 90068-90075 are on pages 207-210 of the ADCA. The petitions did not pass with a vote count of 323 to 494. 

AWF Spiritual Directors: The Alabama-West Florida Spiritual Directors are available to anyone in our conference who would like prayer in the coming days. Click here and Rev. Ashley Davis, AWF Director of Connectional Ministries, will coordinate your request.

Legislative Tracking

Search for legislation submitted by petition number, keyword or submitter. As General Conference progresses, the information will be updated regarding the actions taken on each piece of legislation. Legislative tracking here

ADCA and Agenda

Advance Daily Christian Advocate: The Daily Christian Advocate (DCA) is the official journal of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. It serves as the record of those who have been elected to serve as a delegate, the legislation submitted, and the decisions made by the General Conference. Click on the date to access each DCA. 
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Monday, February 25, 2019

Tomorrow's agenda is below: 
8:00 – 8:20 A.M.
Worship

8:20 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Morning Session 1
Break
Morning Session 2

12:30 – 1:30 P.M. Lunch

1:30 – 6:30 P.M.
Afternoon Session 1
Break
Afternoon Session 2
Closing Worship

6:30 P.M. Final Adjournment

Multimedia

Photos: View photos from 2019 General Conference. 
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Monday, February 25, 2019
All photos by Luke Lucas. 

Live Stream: Click here to access the live stream

Social Media: Follow the action on social media through these channels. 
                

Hashtags: Use #umcgc and #gc2019 to join the Facebook and Twitter conversations and tag your Instagram photos using #umcgc. 

Stay connected throughout General Conference at https://www.awfumc.org/delegation.


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