The denomination’s executive committee had scheduled a March 21 teleconference to discuss plans for the event. That meeting is still on, according to the release.
Only the full commission is able to set a new date or decide on an alternate plan. The UMC announced that the decision by the convention center means that the church will not incur significant financial penalties for cancellation of the contract.
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, resident bishop of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church, had scheduled a series of town hall meetings to discuss what's ahead for the denomination.
The remaining town halls have been postponed and will also be rescheduled at a later date.
At least four proposals guiding the future of the denomination over LGBTQ issues have been floated for delegates to consider.
One, called the “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” has gotten the most attention because it included input from bishops and advocacy groups on all sides. It lays the groundwork for what happens to things like property, pastor pensions and outside ministries. Under the proposal, a new “traditionalist Methodist” denomination could be formed.