Postponement of the 2020 Rio Texas Annual Conference Session

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Given the ongoing risk of gathering in large numbers due to COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the 2020 session of the Rio Texas Annual Conference, scheduled for June 10-13 in Corpus Christi. Although some gatherings may be allowed legally by that time, we do not consider it wise or responsible to proceed with planning an event of the size and scope of our conference session.  This decision was made by the Bishop and the Secretary of Annual Conference, in consultation with the Uniting Table, the Annual Conference Design Team, and the Cabinet. 

This year’s work of the Annual Conference will be accomplished by the following means:  

  • A virtual meeting of the clergy session will be held via Zoom at its currently scheduled time, 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10. The report normally shared at that meeting will be made available ahead of time for questions and editing. The online session will then move through the report, voting on matters of clergy status and recognizing clergy milestones.    

  • A one-day, in-person session of the Annual Conference has been scheduled for Saturday, October 3, in San Antonio. At this event, the conference will act on the 2021 budget, as well as celebrate retirements, memorials, and ordination.  

  • Annual Conference nominations that would normally be voted on in June will be handled at a later date. This is due to a provision in the Book of Discipline that requires many positions to be filled by Annual Conference election following the General Conference session. The 2020 General Conference session has been postponed to dates in 2021 that have not yet been announced. A plan for Annual Conference nominations will be developed once more information is available.  

Other Annual Conference-related items to note:  

  • Refunds related to Annual Conference registration and hotels 

  • No action is required to cancel hotel reservations made through the conference office. Refunds will not be necessary as no charges have been processed. Emails will be sent out next week confirming this cancellation.  

  • Canceling hotel reservations that were not made through the conference office will be the responsibility of the person who made that reservation.  

  • Registration fees associated with childcare will be processed next week. Please allow 5-7 business days for processing.  

  • Clergy appointments will be effective July 1, 2020.   

  • The persons elected in 2019 as delegates to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences will serve at the postponed gatherings in 2021.