The 2020 Michigan Annual Conference
~~Saying the “health and well-being of our members must be our focus,” Bishop David Bard has announced that the 2020 Annual Conference will be virtual rather than in-person, July 26-29, 2020.
LANSING MI… In consultation with Michigan Conference leaders and public health experts, Bishop David Bard today announced that Annual Conference will be held online Sunday, July 26, through July 29, 2020. Bishop Bard has asked that the Commission on the Annual Conference Session design the event in a manner that assures those with varying access to technology be able to participate as fully as possible, given these extraordinary circumstances.
Annual Conference 2020 will be made possible using online platforms and telephone conference calls to allow all members to participate.
- Annual Conference 2020 will begin with a virtual opening worship service on Sunday, July 26, 7:00 PM EDT – 8:30 PM EDT, which will also include a time of memorial.
- On Monday, July 27, there will be two virtual plenary sessions to consider essential business, 9:30 AM EDT to 12:30 PM EDT, and again from 1:30 PM EDT to 4:30 PM EDT.
- On Tuesday, July 28, Clergy Session will be held virtually from 9:30 AM EDT to 12:30 PM EDT.
- The virtual Annual Conference will conclude on Wednesday, July 29, with a live stream of the Service of Recognition, Commissioning and Ordination from 7:00 PM EDT to 8:30 PM EDT.
Planning and safety protocols are still being developed. Those being Commissioned and Ordained will be able to be present in-person with Bishop David Bard for the laying of hands. While there will be a time to honor those retiring in 2020 we will find another time to hold an online celebration later this year.
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