The members of the Commission delved deeper into their work of preparing a final report to the Council of Bishops during the second day of their four-day meeting just outside Los Angeles.
The Commission on a Way Forward began its four-day March meeting in Los Angeles on Monday, March 19, 2018. The first day was spent listening to the feedback from the bishops and then members held discussions in small groups. The Commission is working on a final report that would be presented to the Council of Bishops at the April/May meeting.
Several bishops and some members of the Commission on a Way Forward are meeting with leaders of anchor institutions related to The United Methodist Church for conversations on the future of the denomination.
Commission’s next meeting will be March 19-22
As The United Methodist Church discerns a way forward regarding the unity of the church, several bishops have been holding conversations in their areas. In this video, Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the North Carolina Conference shares her views on the conversations in her area.
Read Bishop Ough's full sermon.
Bishops to receive, discuss updated report from Commission on a Way Forward
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 23, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - With attention on the missional and theological foundations of The United Methodist Church, the Council of Bishops (COB) is preparing to receive an updated report from the Commission on a Way Forward on possible models addressing the impasse on homosexuality in the global denomination....
The 32-member Commission met last month to rework sketches of possible models of the future of the denomination and will present that updated report to the bishops at a special meeting set for next week in Dallas.
The Council of Bishops normally meets twice yearly but an additional meeting was added this year to give more time for the bishops to digest and discuss the progress report from the Commission on a Way Forward.
Bishops named the Commission on a Way Forward to assist them in their charge from the 2016 General Conference to lead the church forward amid the present impasse related to inclusion and resulting questions about the unity of the church.
The updated report that will be given to the bishops next week will help the bishops prepare to fulfill that mandate. The Commission members meet one more time in March to prepare the final report that will be acted upon by the bishops at their April/May meeting.
At the November 2017 meeting, the bishops received an interim report, highlighting sketches of three possible models. The bishops did not take any vote on any of the sketches but offered feedback and asked the Commission to give an updated report that should highlight the missional and theological foundations of the models.
In preparing for the updated report, the moderators of the Commission, Bishop Ken Carter, Bishop David Yemba and Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball, asked their fellow bishops to weigh the models along with the mission, vision and scope of the Commission.
“We appeal to you, and we call upon your gifts in the urgent work of revising, improving and clarifying how we can lead the church in this task,” the moderators said.
The Council of Bishops is committed to prayerfully seeking God’s future for The United Methodist Church and continues to invite the entire church to be engaged in praying for a way forward, said COB President Bishop Bruce R. Ough.
The Council of Bishops will meet at the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas from Feb. 25-28. Apart from the opening worship on Feb. 25 and the morning devotions, the meeting will be in executive session.
Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga
Director of Communications – Council of Bishops
Florida Area Resident Bishop Ken Carter, who is also one of the moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward, shared his perspectives on the work of the Commission during a discussion with the Directors of Connectional Ministries at their annual meeting in Atlanta on Tuesday.
Commission moderators emphasize mission as key to way forward
The moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward are urging United Methodists to engage in reflections on where they see mission at the heart of the denomination as well as seeing mission as significant for resolving conflict. Below is the statement from Bishops David Yemba, Sandra Steiner Ball, and Ken Carter
Mission and the Way Forward in the Season after the Epiphany...
At the conclusion of the recent meeting of the Commission on a Way Forward, the members were asked to share three words that expressed their prayer for the church in the present moment. The 32 persons reflect the global nature of the church and a profound diversity of gender, age, theological perspective. They are laity, deacons, elders and bishops. The three words each shared then helped to create a word cloud. The more often a word is named, the larger it becomes in the word cloud (picture). The result was the word cloud above:
In the Mission, Vision and Scope given to the Commission by the Council of Bishops, we are seeking to “design a way for being church that maximizes the presence of a United Methodist witness in as many places in the world as possible”. This vision is deeply rooted in the movement of the gospel from a small village in Bethlehem to the ends of the earth. The revelation of the Christ to the Magi (the gentiles) in Matthew 2 signals the church’s calling to share the good news with all people. At our best, this has been the vocation of a missionary church and is the root of a global church, where we are sent “from everywhere to everywhere” in the name of Jesus.
• What does it mean that the commission sees “mission” at the heart of the way forward for our denomination?
• Could it be that we discover our unity as we are in mission together?
• What if mission became the primary framework for our work in resolving conflict?
• How are we called to be in mission together more fully with our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community?
• And what three words would express your prayer for the church in the present moment?
Bishops David Yemba, Sandra Steiner Ball, and Ken Carter
Moderator Team of the Commission on a Way Forward
Commission on a Way Forward prepares updated report to bishops
DALLAS - The Commission on a Way Forward is nearing the completion of its task of making recommendations of possible ways forward for The United Methodist Church regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in this global denomination.
The 32-member Commission concluded its three-day meeting in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday after reworking sketches of possible models of the future of the denomination that will be part of...
Two United Methodist Bishops, Mande Muyombo and David K Yemba, who are serving on the Council of Bishops' Commission on a Way Forward are asking prayers for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in general and for the capital city of Kinshasa in particular. The danger of a clash between two opposed political marches - and the police - announced in social media for Sunday, January, 21, 2018 prompted the request for prayers.
Members of the Commission on a Way Forward concluded their three-day meeting in Dallas area on Saturday, January 20. Here are some of pictures from the meeting. The meeting ended with members praying for each other in small groups. Photos by Maidstone Mulenga
Monday was Martin Luther King Day. Read the text of an interview with Bishop Woodie White, who talks about how The United Methodist Church has dealt with divisive issues such as racism amidst previous conversations about unity and division. Bishop White was interviewed by Bishop Ken Carter, one of the moderators for the Commission on a Way Forward, on February 27, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Q: Bishop White, thank you for being part of the conversation. We are a part of the w...
As the Commission on a Way Forward prepares for its September meeting, here is an interview of Bishop Woodie White talking about how The United Methodist Church... has dealt with divisive issues such as racism. Bishop White is interviewed by Bishop Ken Carter, one of the moderators for the Commission on a Way Forward.