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Registration and Info


The Minnesota Conference will have a one-day virtual session, with Clergy Session the day before. 

Saturday, Aug. 29, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. CT

Clergy Session: Friday, Aug. 28, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. CT


Registration

Register Here

Who should register?

  • Clergy—active, retired, or otherwise affiliated with the Minnesota Conference
    The cost is $25 and includes both the Clergy Session and Annual Conference Session.
  • Lay members (elected by their local churches), equalization members (designated by their district office), and other lay representatives. The cost is $25.

Those who are not voting members should not register. The Annual Conference Session will be streamed to the Minnesota Conference Facebook page, and visitors will be able to watch at no cost. A Facebook account is not necessary to access the livestream.

The $25 fee is to help defer the cost of production. The annual conference is meant to be self-supporting, and no dollars are budgeted to cover the expense of the event. There are limited scholarships available for those whom the cost is a barrier to participation. Contact Gail Johnson for more information.


Technology

The session will be conducted on a Zoom business webinar platform (this is different from the Zoom system most people are familiar with). Interaction will be limited but possible; through the platform, people will be able to indicate they want to comment, make a motion, or propose an amendment. When recognized by the Bishop to speak, they will be able to unmute their microphone to address the body.. Check out this cheat sheet to learn about how interaction will work.

Voting members will need to use a device with a stable Internet connection. This can be a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Only one vote can be cast from each device. Each voter will need their own device. At this time, it is not possible to vote via a voice only phone line.

For each session, participants are encouraged to sign in 10 to 15 minutes in advance.

There will be several people dedicated to helping individuals with any connection problems.


Preparation

A conference materials packet will be available for download July 15. Printed copies can be ordered during registration and will be sent promptly after this date.

Each member of the 2020 Annual Conference Session is asked to participate in a pre-conference webinar. This will be an opportunity to discuss the legislation that will be acted upon during the conference. There will be little time during the actual session for discussion about these issues. It is key that participants take this time to get their questions answered. Some important information about the sessions:

  • Sessions will be hosted by district superintendents; you are encouraged to attend the one for your district but may attend whichever session best fits your schedule. 
  • Connection information will be sent via email to each registered participant in advance of your session.
  • One of these sessions will be recorded for those who cannot attend.
  • The pre-conference webinars will take place via BlueJeans from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. CT on the following dates:

           North Star – Tuesday, July 28
           Big Waters – Thursday, July 30
           Southern Prairie – Monday, Aug. 3
           Twin Cities – Wednesday, Aug. 5
           River Valley – Tuesday, Aug. 11

Each member of the 2020 Annual Conference Session is also asked to attend a procedural orientation to check their connection and learn the specifics on interacting within the system (you can register for an orientation session as you register for Annual Conference). Each session is expected to last about 35 minutes; an hour is reserved to assist those who might have connection issues. The two session options are:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 19, 9-10 a.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 20, 7-8 p.m.

FAQs

Are visitors allowed?

  • Due to the structure of the technology, only those people who are voting members will be in the Zoom webinar.
  • Visitors will be able to watch the proceedings live on the Minnesota Conference Facebook page (a Facebook account is not required to watch). 
  • A recording of a pre-conference workshop will be made available for visitors to watch in preparation for conference.
  • A recording of the key components of the conference sessions will be made available after the event.

What if I do not have a computer or Internet?

  • Voting members will need a device with a reliable Internet connection. For some, this might require participation from a church or another location where Internet is available.
  • It is possible to listen to the proceedings via a landline phone; however, voting is not possible in this manner.

What about ordination and commissioning of clergy?

  • A service of ordination and commissioning is being planned for Oct. 17 (assuming that it is safe to gather at that time). The service will be live streamed so that people can watch remotely.

 


Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

info@minnesotaumc.org

(612) 870-0058