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The Book of Discipline contains the rules that guide The United Methodist Church. Only General Conference can change the book, which is revised after each meeting of the conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

List of GC2019 petitions under court review

Downloadable PDF lists approved changes to the Book of Discipline that will be reviewed by the Judicial Council in April.
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As the Rev. Joe Harris presides over the legislative committee, the results of a vote approving the Traditional Plan as amended by 461-359 are displayed. The vote must still be approved by the plenary session on Feb. 26, the final day of the special session of the 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Traditional Plan advances as One Church, Simple plans fail

General Conference 2019 delegates moved the Traditional Plan forward to plenary, not the One Church Plan or the Simple.
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Delegate Norma Kehrberg uses an electronic voting machine during a Feb. 24 plenary session of the special General Conference of The United Methodist Church, held in St. Louis. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Traditional and One Church backers gear up

The Traditional Plan is the top priority as delegates begin their second day of legislative committee. But One Church Plan backers have not given up.
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The Rev. Gary Graves reads the results of a Feb. 24, 2019, poll of legislative priorities among delegates to the Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, held in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference was called to help the denomination find a way toward unity, despite deep conflicts over sexuality. The initial voting shows a preference for dealing first with pension and then with the Traditional Plan petition that would strengthen enforcement of church policies against LGBTQ individuals serving as clergy or being married in UM churches. Graves is secretary of the general conference. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Pensions, Traditional Plan top priority votes

Delegates ranked petitions by priority for refining in legislative committee. The One Church Plan, backed by a majority of bishops, was fifth.

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