Grace and peace to you from God our creator and our Lord Jesus Christ. On behalf of all Minnesota and Dakotas United Methodists, I want to welcome you to Minneapolis for General Conference 2020.
It is our privilege and honor to host visitors from around the world, and to introduce you to this place we call home. Plans for 2020 are well underway, and our Dakotas-Minnesota Area Host Team looks forward to showing you the best of what this city has to offer. Hundreds of volunteers eagerly await the opportunity to greet you, help you find your way around, and recommend places to explore and dine. It is the hope of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area to provide radical hospitality—an environment where you feel safe and cared for as you meet with others at the Minneapolis Convention Center and discern where God is calling us as a denomination.
Minneapolis is known as the “City of Lakes.” It is situated on both banks of the Mississippi River and adjoins St. Paul, the state’s capital. These two “Twin Cities” form the 16th-largest metro area in the United States, with about 3.2 million residents. The city is abundantly rich in water with lakes and wetlands, the Mississippi riverfront, creeks, and waterfalls. Minneapolis was once the world’s flour-milling capital and a hub for timber, and today is the primary business center between Chicago and Seattle. It is a diverse city, with a wide variety of ethnic groups and among the largest Hmong and Somali populations in the country. America’s most literate city, Minneapolis also has a vibrant arts scene.
It is my earnest hope that as we gather in this setting, we will witness the Holy Spirit breaking through. I encourage you to join me in praying daily for the Holy Spirit to boldly use each of us, and the 2020 General Conference, to make disciples of Jesus Christ and transform the world.
On behalf of all Minnesota and Dakotas United Methodists, we hope you will join us in Minneapolis in 2020—as a delegate, a volunteer, or a visitor. We look forward to welcoming you and to witnessing the power and presence of the Holy Spirit as one body of Christ.
Bishop Bruce R. Ough
Resident Bishop, Dakotas-Minnesota Area
The United Methodist Church