One of five listening sessions hosted by the South Carolina District of the United Methodist Church will take place on Sunday, January 5 at the Indian Field UMC in St. George. (The church is located at 2030 US 15, St. George.) That session is the one offered for the Charleston, Orangeburg and Walterboro districts.

Registration is strongly encouraged to ensure that the appropriate arrangements are made. To register, go to

An online session is scheduled for February 23 at

These sessions will be devoted to three questions:

  1. What are your hopes for the UMC?
  2. What are your main concerns?
  3. What do you want delegates attending the 2020 General Conference to know?

The sessions are designed to help people learn and ask questions about the purpose and function of the General Conference in a safe and respectful environment. The sessions are also a way to share your hopes and concerns about the United Methodist Church with South Carolina delegates. The sessions are not designed to engage in a debate about the issue of human sexuality, tell you or your congregation what to believe or do, encourage delegates to vote one way or the other on any particular issue or compel delegates to share their views on any particular issue.

Every four years, United Methodists from around the world assemble and connect in worship, prayer, communion, fellowship and the legislative work that shapes our shared life. The UMC’s 2020 General Conference is scheduled for May 5-15 in Minneapolis.

For more information, visit the SC UMC website.