The UMC Next gathering of more than 600 United Methodist leaders is currently underway. In the spirit of transparency, the group will report its progress through daily briefings to all interested parties.
At the close of today, May 20, an email will be sent to all United Methodist Communicators, the United Methodists News Service and media outlets that have expressed an interest to receive updates. The briefings will also be available at www.umcnext.com. The briefing will be posted no later than 9 pm CST.
As stated in a previously released Media Advisory, members of the press are invited to attend the closing worship experience and the press conference in person or via a live stream at 1 pm CST Wednesday, May 22nd, also at umcnext.com. Questions for the panel may be submitted through the website during the live stream. Individual interview requests of panelists must be arranged in advance.
There are plans underway for a larger gathering in September 2019 also to be held at the Church of the Resurrection. Media will be invited to attend all meetings of the September event. Details will be sent after the May 20-22 gathering.
UMC Next Convening Team
Tom Berlin, Floris UMC
Michael Bowie, St. Luke’s UMC, Dallas
Lonnie Chafin, Northern Illinois Annual Conference
Stan Copeland, Lover’s Lane UMC
Katie Dawson, Immanuel UMC
DJ del Rosario, Bothel UMC
Junius Dotson, Discipleship Ministries
Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, Foundry UMC
Adam Hamilton, Church of the Resurrection
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, North Georgia Annual Conference
Jan Lawrence, Reconciling Ministries Network
Pat Luna, Point Washington UMC
Bishop Mike McKee, North Texas Annual Conference
Jasmine Smothers, Atlanta First UMC
Cynthia Weems, Florida Annual Conference