Annual Conference 2023

June 2-4, 2023  |  RecPlex in West Des Moines  |  Hybrid

The Call to Order and Episcopal Address will begin at 1:00 pm on Friday, June 2.  The Livestream will begin at 12:30 p.m. so there is time for those joining us virtually to orient to voting with their own devices

Clergy Session will be earlier that morning at a time and location to be determined and Laity Session will be at 7:00 p.m that evening at the RecPlex.

The theme for the 180th session of the Iowa Annual Conference examines Matthew 16: 13-18. Bishop Kennetha asks you to reflect on your identity as United Methodists and to gather at Annual Conference by "Remembering Who We Are."  

"This is the church Wesley envisioned when he said, 'Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike.'  Wesley said we may not be of the same opinion, but can't we be of the same heart? Can't we have hearts centered in love?" asked Bishop Kennetha during her installation service. 

Remembering who we are is also knowing that United Methodists are people who center grace.

"We are a people immersed in grace, washed in grace, upheld by grace, embraced by the grace of God, and called to be extenders of that grace to the world," said Bishop Kennetha.

A special called annual conference for the focused work of disaffiliation is scheduled for November 18, 2023.