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Lydia Project

Photo shows close-up shot of balls of purple yarn.The United Methodist General Conference planned for Minneapolis in May 2020 has been postponed (read announcement). The Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference is pursuing negotiations regarding other dates available at the Minneapolis Convention Center in 2021. New dates will be announced soon, but rest assured that the scarves you and your congregations made will be stored until the rescheduled date, when they can be given to attendees of the conference. 

The Dakotas-Minnesota Area has a wonderful opportunity to come together to provide hospitality for this conference.

Photo shows two rolled up purple scarves.We intend to greet every delegate, dignitary, bishop, and spouse with a handmade scarf, to serve not only as a memento of General Conference but also as a practical solution to drafty, air-conditioned rooms. 

United Methodists in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota were invited to help us knit or crochet 10,000 purple scarves and we are delighted that this ambitious goal was exceeded in June 2019. We are calling this initiative the Lydia Project, after Lydia in Acts 16

We are done collecting scarves at this point. If you still have scarves, we encourage you to donate them to a ministry or non-profit in your local community.

Lydia Project Stories

Dakotas-Minnesota Area makes 13,000 scarves for General Conference 2020 visitors (Oct. 24, 2019)

Lydia Project exceeds pledge goal (Feb. 14, 2019)


MaryAnne Korsch

Deacon, First UMC, Duluth / Member of GC2020 Host Operations Team / (218) 343-8813

Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

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