Special Session

Bishop David Bard


11:30 AM - Suggested arrival time in Albion. 
12:30 PM - Doors open at Goodrich Chapel.  Photo ID required for Registration Check-in
1:30 PM - Special Session begins
4:30 PM - Special Session ends

Important Information

  • REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.  Registration ended on Monday, March 2, 2020. There is no on-site registration.
  • Everyone must register online. No on-site registration will be available.  No refunds will be issued.
  • There will be a $15 registration fee for clergy and lay members elected from churches. The registration fee is paid by the Conference for retired clergy members and lay equalization members.
  • Members to annual conference will receive priority seating in Goodrich Chapel. Visitors must register in advance and may be observing the session in the connected Wesley Chapel at Albion First United Methodist Church. 
  • The event will also be livestreamed on the Michigan Conference Facebook Page.
  • Onsite childcare is available.  You must pre-register your child when you register for special session.  Arrive early to fill out emergency paperwork.  Bring a non-peanut snack for your child.
  • Read the event FAQ (see menu)

Special Hotel Room Rate

Courtyard Albion - 200 S Superior St, Albion, MI 49224   (517) 629-8520

King Rooms and Double Queen Rooms still available!

$85 USD per night

Saturday, March 7 - Albion MI

Bishop David Alan Bard of the Michigan Area has called for a special session of the Michigan Annual Conference to be held Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Goodrich Chapel on the campus of Albion College in Albion, Michigan.  READ THE ARRIVAL INSTRUCTIONS HERE.

2019 Members to Annual Conference will vote

The members of this session of the Michigan Annual Conference will be all the clergy members of the conference along with the lay members or alternates who were last seated at the 2019 Annual Conference.  If members elected by local churches or chosen by districts through the Board of Laity are unable or unavailable to attend, churches and districts may elect other persons to serve (The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church (¶602.5).

IMPORTANT:  You are required to present photo ID to receive voting credentials.  There is no on-site registration, no substitutions, and you must be registered in advance to receive credentials. 

Addressing health concerns at Special Session

If you are coughing, feverish, ill, or have a compromised health condition, please consider the risk to yourself or others attending.

You are most likely aware of the heightened concern over the spread of the COVID-19 virus, more commonly known as CORONAVIRUS.

The latest reports from the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC), indicate no cases of the virus in the state of Michigan.  However, out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and well being of our members, we ask that if you have an active cough, are experiencing fever, are ill, or have recently returned from a country with reported cases pf COVID-19, or if you have an existing health condition that might put you at higher risk of infection, we encourage you to reconsider your attendance at Saturday's Special Session.

The Special Session will be carried live on the Michigan Conference Facebook Page.  Conference leadership are actively monitoring the CDC website for any updates that might be of concern to our membership. 

We certainly want to assure our members the opportunity to participate in this important Special Session, however, your health and well being is our first concern.  Thank you for taking time to consider what is best for your health and for those who might sit next to you on Saturday.

Yours in Christ,
The Commission on the Annual Conference

Special Session Legislation

Special Session Materials

The sole purpose of this session will be to consider whether the Michigan Conference will send the legislation based on the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation to General Conference 2020 so it might be considered by the delegates to the General Conference.  Read the legislation and FAQ.

Goodrich Chapel, Albion College

Albion College is a United Methodist affiliated college located in Albion, MI.  The college sits near the south-center part of the state, just an hour's drive from Lansing, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor.

Goodrich Chapel
parking lot

A word about parking

We encourage you to car pool.  The two lots immediately next to the chapel will be designated for those with mobility issues.  All other guests are invited to use street parking, and campus lots.  Shuttles will be available to get you to the chapel.  More information will be sent via email with arrival instructions.

Special in-gathering

The Special Session in-gathering will support Albion First UMC's Baby Pantry. They accept any brand of diaper, sizes newborn to 4. Size 4 is most commonly requested. Any Enfamil or Similac formula product is appreciated. A trailer will be parked close to Goodrich Chapel to collect your donation, or you can bring a check made payable to: Albion First United Methodist Church, with "Baby Pantry" in the memo line.

Diapers and formula
Annual Conference 2020