The Future of
the UMC

The United Methodist General Conference, the highest legislative decision-making body in the denomination, is scheduled to meet from April 23 to May 3, 2024. We know a lot of information is available and that finding it all can feel overwhelming. We hope this page will serve as a gentle landing for you to learn more about the General Conference, proposals for Regionalization, Removing Discriminatory Anti-LGBTQ+ Language, and Revised Social Principles, as well as roundtable discussions held by UMCNext and resources from Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). We also hope to include informative links from some of our local partners. If you have resources you would like to share, please email communications@foundryumc.org

General Conference Information

General Conference - Website for the General Conference to be held in Charlotte, NC, from April 23 to May 3, 2024. You can find the schedule and links to all the proposed legislation. If you see a reference to “2020”, yes, the 2020 General Conference is being held this year!

Worldwide Regionalization Information

Removal of the Harmful Language

Removing Discriminatory Anti-LGBTQ+ Language from the United Methodist Book of Discipline

Foundry, in conjunction with partners locally and across the United Methodist connection, has worked for years in efforts to remove discriminatory anti-LGBTQ+ language from the rules of the United Methodist Church. This document summarizes needed changes and corresponding legislation.

The Future of LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the UMC: Bishop Karen Oliveto (Virtual Porch presentation organized by Reconciling Ministries Network)

While you can read the current wording on the books in the official rules here, you might like this 4-part “A History of Incompatibility” in comic form from Rev. Charlie Baber in the Wesley Bros comic.

Revised Social Principles

The Social Principles serve as the United Methodist Church’s official summary of stated convictions on social issues of the day. The General Board of Church and Society went through an extensive process to gain input to a complete revision of the Social Principles, as opposed to the more minor revisions that have been made at each General Conference since 1972 (the current denomination was formed in 1968) Read more on the Revised Social Principles, including proposed legislation.

Attend a Local Event or Volunteer

March 16 - Presentation on the Love Your Neighbor Coalition
The BWC chapter of MFSA (Methodist Federation for Social Action) is hosting an online presentation on March 16th at 11 a.m. by Mittie Quinn about the plans and expectations of the Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC) at General Conference. Register for the Zoom link here: https://tinyurl.com/3vccf7wz

March 17 - General Conference Update with RMN Director, Foundry UMC
Join Jan Lawrence, Executive Director of Reconciling Ministries Network, in a conversation about General Conference 2024 on March 17 at 12:30 p.m. to learn what is on the agenda for this COVID-delayed GC. Jan will also share the top priorities of RMN and Reconciling Churches like Foundry and what progressives expect might happen. Register here foundryumc.org/general-conference-with-jan

April 20 - Prayer Vigil for General Conference, Severna Park UMC
Join a prayer vigil for the General Conference on April 20th from 10am to 11:45am, hosted by the Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling United Methodists (BWARM) at Severna Park UMC, 731 Benfield Rd., Severna Park, MD 21146.

Volunteer with the Love Your Neighbor Coalition

Vision for the Future

Legislation on a wide range of topics has been submitted for the General Conference’s consideration. All the legislation is available in three volumes of the Advance Daily Christian Advocate click here for the proposed legislation.

Here are links to legislation from a few different entities:

Disaffiliation Information

This January 2024 article from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership looks at statistics on churches that have chosen to leave the United Methodist Church.