Webstream recordings

The regular session of the 2023 Annual Conference was streamed live June 8-10.

Thursday, June 8

Annual Conference 2023 from IGRC Communications on Vimeo.

The video above is the Opening Worship service with Bishop James Swanson preaching. It also included a brief plenary session to approve organizational motions for the plenary, laity session and clergy session.

Annual Conference 2023 from IGRC Communications on Vimeo.

Following the Clergy and Laity Sessions, the Annual Conference held a plenary session which can be viewed above. This session included the 2024 budget presentation by the Conference Council on Finance and Administration; the Nominations Report; a report from the Board of Ordained Ministry and the presentation of clergy candidates and recognition of those pastors who have completed Course of Study.

Among the legislative items receiving votes: District Names, Beginning of terms for Conference officers and committee/commission members; an Episcopal Discernment Process; an item encouraging Young Adults be considered when there are openings for lay members to annual conference; the 2024 Advance Specials and Five Star Challenge; a resolution affirming the Conference's health and welfare agencies and approval of dates for future annual conferences through 2028.

Friday, June 9

Annual Conference 2023 from IGRC Communications on Vimeo.

Friday's session (above) begen with Bishop Swanson preaching the Morning Manna service at 8:45 a.m. A second legislative session followed with a report from the Board of Trustees and resolutions closing eight churches; Report of the Board of Pensions, that included the authorization of the 2024 health insurance allowance as well as a resolution regarding the 2024 Rental-Housing Allowance for retired or disabled clergy; reports from the Commitee on Equitable Compensation and the corporate meetings of the United Methodist Foundation and Preachers' Aid Society and Benefit Fund. The morning concluded with a celebration for the service of the Rev. Janice Griffith, Executive Assistant to the Bishop, who is retiring July 1. Rev. Griffith preached the Retiree Recognition Service which completed the morning.

Annual Conference 2023 from IGRC Communications on Vimeo.

The afternoon session reconvened for s plenary session that included the Cabinet Address, the Episcopal Address, presentation of the Denman Evangelism Award and the One Matters Award. Following a break, the Annual Conference commissioned deaconesses Mary Rose Taliwaga and Myra Esguerra; considered a petition to Gneeral Conference concerning disaffiliation and discussed four items that were approved in November by the North Central Jurisdiction. Final approval of the 2024 budget and the Nominations Report concluded the plenary session.

Memorial Service

Annual Conference 2023 from IGRC Communications on Vimeo.

Service of Ordination and Commissioning

Annual Conference 2023 from IGRC Communications on Vimeo.

“To Follow Him” (self-published)
Music by John Orfe
Lyrics by Tanya Evans and John Orfe
ASCAP Work ID 920409034
BMI Work ID 61963124
ISWC ID T3179618118

“For Everyone Born”
Music by Brian Mann
Lyrics by Shirley Erena Murray
Arrangement by Tom Trenney (publ. Morningstar Music)