Annual Conference



 The 235th Session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference will be held Wednesday, May 29, through Saturday, June 1. This four-day session will provide time for increased youth participation on Saturday, including a confirmation rally for youth throughout the BWC.

Online registration opens Wednesday, Feb. 20.

A Pre-Conference Briefing is scheduled for Saturday, May 18. The time and locations will be announced soon.

The ordination service will be held Friday evening, May 31. This year, the Rev. Ianther Mills, pastor of Asbury UMC in Washington, will preach at the Memorial Service; Marcia McFee, a worship expert and consultant, will speak at the laity session; and the Rev. Marvin McMickle, president of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in New York, will lead the Bible study. 

The theme of the conference is "We are One: United to Love." The foundational Scripturefor the Conference continues to be Ephesians 4:1-16. The missional partnership to combat homeless with Back on My Feet ( will also continue.

Lay and clergy delegates to the 2020 General Conference will be elected at this session. The deadline for the delegates nomination statements is April 1.

Resolutions to be considered by the conference members are due before April 1 to Conference Secretary, Cynthia Taylor at .

Please use the following format when submitting a resolution:

Title: [Short title that indicates the subject matter of the resolution.]

Budget Implications: [Insert “none” if there are none; otherwise, consult in advance with the Council on Finance and Administration and insert their recommendation here. Indicate any disagreement between the resolution writer and CFA.]

Rationale: [Insert a brief description of why the resolution is important and/or needed and should be adopted by the annual conference.] 

Submitted by: [Insert name and conference affiliation (i.e., church membership or Conference agency) of the primary submitter(s) of the resolution. For instance, if the resolution is jointly submitted by more than one committee, indicate each as follows: [name of chair], on behalf of the [name of committee]. If the resolution has co-sponsors of various members, please include the name of the primary person submitting the resolution here and include co-sponsors at the end of the document.

RESOLUTION: [Include the purpose and action items of the resolution. Be succinct and address only a single issue.]

EFFECTIVE DATE: [Insert the proposed effective date of the resolution.]

CO-SPONSOR(S): [Insert the name(s) of co-sponsors, if any. If none, delete this section.]

Additional recommendations and reminders:

  • Submit electronically to the Conference Secretary Cynthia Taylor.
  • Do not use Track Changes.
  • Contact, in advance:
    • Phil Potter, Chair of CFA, if the resolution has financial implications
    • Mark Gorman, Chair of Rules Committee, if the resolution seeks to amend the Rules of the Session.