Bishop David Graves, in collaboration with conference leadership and the annual conference planning team, is announcing that the 2020 AWF Annual Conference session will be held in two parts in the fall of 2020. Both sessions will be held at Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery, AL.
The clergy session will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020, and the half-day annual conference session will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020. A non-voting live stream option will be available to those who are unable to attend on the 26th. All guests and families are asked to watch via live stream this year to reduce the number of persons in the building.
The previously announced virtual session, planned for June 28-29, will not be held.
“The two virtues I have learned during the COVID-19 pandemic when trying to plan calendar events are flexibility and patience,” stated Bishop David Graves. “Even with this new announcement there are uncertainties around details. I am grateful for the abundance of grace you all have extended and will continue to give us as we navigate this historic time. The one certainty around annual conference is that the length will be greatly reduced, and some agenda items will be scheduled for next year. I am grateful to Frazer Memorial UMC for their flexibility and willingness to walk alongside the conference as we determine the best solution for 2020 Annual Conference.”
A revised working agenda will be published in June. In addition to this, a communications piece will be sent to all clergy and lay members regarding details and the postponement of agenda items and activities.