By Caleb Hennington

Digital Content Editor

The called Special Session of General Conference took place from Feb. 23 – 26 in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference was called to address human sexuality and the church’s struggle with ordaining LGBTQIA clergy and the performance of same-sex marriages within United Methodist Churches.

After a day of prayer on Saturday, delegates began their work on Sunday and continued debating and amending petitions through Tuesday evening.

At the end of the conference, the Traditional Plan, which reaffirms the church’s current understanding on human sexuality as well as adds new measures to discipline those who violate the Book of Discipline, was passed by a vote of 438 to 384.

The One Church Plan, which was presented as the moderate or centrist approach, failed to pass by a minority report by a vote of 374 to 449.

Before the conclusion of General Conference, a motion was passed for the Judicial Council to review all petitions which passed through the plenary session. The Judicial Council will review these petitions at their next scheduled meeting, April 23 – 25 in Evanston, Illinois. For more on General Conference, visit the News page of arumc.org to find all of the daily reports.

Arkansas delegates to General Conference. From left to right (top): Asa Whitaker, John Miles II, Karen Millar, Mark Norman, Todd Burris, (bottom) Rebekah Miles, Karon Mann, and Dede Roberts. Photo by Stephen Coburn

Siblings John Miles and Rebekah Miles share a conversation during General Conference. Photo by Stephen Coburn

Bishop Gary Mueller prays during the Saturday Day of Prayer at General Conference. Photo by Stephen Coburn

Rev. Britt Skarda and Jay Clark. Photo by Stephen Coburn

Arkansans from all over the state gathered together to watch General Conference, including a group of students from Hendrix College, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas State University, the University of Central Arkansas, and others. Photo by Stephen Coburn

Bishops join delegates to pray before the final vote on the Traditional Plan at General Conference. Photo by Stephen Coburn