Alaska United Methodist Conference


June 4-6, 2023

Our Area-Wide Conference will begin with the Bishop’s Installation and Opening Session at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Juneau, Alaska, which will be livestreamed on Saturday, May 20th. The closing session for the area will be on Thursday, June 15, 2023, in the evening. The closing session will be livestreamed.

The Alaska Annual Conference Session will be June 4-6 at Fairbanks First United Methodist Church in Fairbanks, Alaska. We will gather on Sunday morning with worship, followed by the Clergy and Laity Sessions, a brief business session, and dinner. Monday will include reports, legislation, awards, and celebrations, and conclude with the Memorial Service. Tuesday morning, we will conclude any business, have the reading of appointments, and close with the Service of Commissioning.  Prior to these dates, there will be an online Clergy Session with interpretation on May 25.

There will be a Special Session on May 6 for the sole purpose of voting on the approval of churches that wish to disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church. That is a painful reality, but it is their choice to do so. We will work diligently and faithfully with each of those faith communities and our conference trustees to ensure they complete their due diligence in advance of the Special Session. We will release a separate call letter and registration information for this session with more information closer to the scheduled date. 

When we gather, it is possible that there will be several disaffiliating congregations unable to complete the process this Spring. That may necessitate another session in the Fall to allow all others who are ready to complete their process and leave The United Methodist Church before December 31, 2023, when the special provision in the Discipline allowing their departure expires.

Call Letter from Bishop Bridgeforth

Who may attend and participate in Annual Conference?


Pre-Conference Handbook

Written Report Request – due April 15
Written Report List

Petitions – due April 23
Memorial Roll – due May 16

Harry Denman Award (Youth, Lay, & Clergy) – due April 23
Outstanding Lay Person of the Year Award – due April 23