For the first time since 1968, the Council of Bishops has called a special session of General Conference. In the United Methodist Church, General Conference usually meets every four years to perform the legislative tasks for the church, such as revising and updating the denomination’s organizational guidelines in The Book of Discipline. However, for the past 50 years, the UMC has been increasingly consumed and divided over the question of human sexuality in general and the role of LGBTQ persons in the church’s life. At the 2016 General Conference, it was clear that our denomination had reached a breaking point on the issue, and we were headed toward a denominational split. The gathered delegates asked the Council of Bishops to make one last effort to find “a way forward” so the UMC might not have to split. On February 23-26, delegates from all over the world will gather in St. Louis, Missouri to hear a report from the Bishops and decide on how the denomination will move into the future.