Bishop Delores J. Williamston Issues Call for Special Session

April 10, 2023

Bishop Delores J. Williamston is calling a special session of the Louisiana Annual Conference to be held May 27th, at First United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, at 10:00 am.

In a letter dated Monday, April 10th, Bishop Williamston says the special session will be called "for the sole purpose of voting on the Louisiana Conference Board of Trustees recommendations for the  churches disaffiliating per paragraph 2553."

Delegates that were in place for the 2022 annual conference in June, as well as the November special called session, will be the delegates for the May special session. Delegates from churches who have disaffiliated and clergy who have withdrawn are no longer eligible to attend.

If, because of charge alignment at that time, you did/did not have a delegate, the same holds true for the upcoming special session. 

If a delegate or an alternate delegate cannot attend the Special Session, please contact your District Superintendent for instructions. 

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See Bishop Williamston's letter below:


Dear Clergy and Lay Members to the Louisiana Annual Conference,

In accordance with our standing rules and ¶603.5 of the Book of Discipline, I hereby call for a special session of the Louisiana Annual Conference on May 27, 2023, to be held at First United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, beginning at 10:00 a.m. CDT. While the special session will be live-streamed on our YouTube page for guests, delegates wishing to vote must be physically in place at First United Methodist, Baton Rouge. 

The special called session shall be held for the sole purpose of voting on the Louisiana Conference Board of Trustees' recommendations for the churches disaffiliating per paragraph 2553.    

We are asking all delegates, planning to attend, to register for the special called session, and you can do so here. More information regarding the special called session will be communicated via email and the Louisiana NOW distribution channel. 

I appreciate your swift attention and timely response to this issue.

With hope and gratitude, 

Bishop Delores J. Williamston

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