Let me begin by saying thank you for your patience as the Annual Conference Planning Team has been working to complete the details for this year's Annual Conference. The team has worked hard to put together an in-person gathering, but this task has been difficult due to our size and gathering limitations. However, on behalf of this team, I am excited to announce we will be having a hybrid Annual Conference this year.
What is a hybrid Annual Conference?
This year, we will be dividing Annual Conference into two parts: an online, or virtual, conference, and an in-person gathering. The virtual AC will look very similar to last year's gathering. We will gather via Zoom webinar for a time of worship and reporting. We will also be holding the Clergy Session virtually.
Then, on another date later in the year, we will gather in-person for a time of discussion and voting. This in-person gathering will be live-streamed, but only those that are present will be able to discuss and vote. The in-person gathering, due to space restrictions, will be limited to voting members of the Annual Conference only.
When will all of this happen?
Here is the schedule of events. Please note, all dates and times are subject to change based on Centers for Disease Control restrictions and each venues' safety protocols.
- Virtual Clergy Session | Zoom Webinar | June 7 at 2 p.m.
- Virtual Annual Conference | Zoom Webinar | June 12 at 1 p.m.
- Ordination Service | First Broad Street UMC | August 27 at 3 p.m.
- Memorial Service | First Broad Street UMC | August 27 at 7 p.m.
- In-Person Annual Conference | MeadowView Conference & Resort Center | August 28, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Be on the look out for additional information concerning Annual Conference. This year's theme will be "In the midst ... God is with us."
More information to come
The Rev. Dr. Tim Jones is director of Holston Conference communications.