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Commission on A Way Forward

David Field Uniting

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The true heart of United Methodism's threat of schism isn't power or sex; it's the lack of love for those with whom we disagree, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Nov 17, 2017 2:08 PM Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

United Methodist layman Lonnie D. Brooks concludes his analysis of Way Forward options with a look at Option 3, which calls for separation. more

Nov 15, 2017 5:22 PM A Way Forward 3 Comments

2016 Book of Discipline

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Longtime United Methodist leader Lonnie D. Brooks analyzes the "Way Forward" options outlined by the Council of Bishops. In this installment, Option 1 – Status Quo. more

Nov 15, 2017 5:22 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

What's Next Panel

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Three members of the Way Forward Commission impressed some 200 United Methodists by speaking candidly about the challenges of their work and the prospects for the church's unity. more

Nov 14, 2017 6:32 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

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The Council of Bishops is studying three possible models suggested by the Commission on A Way Forward for the future of The United Methodist Church, but details of how these models would work were not divulged. more

Nov 9, 2017 3:42 PM A Way Forward 4 Comments

Bishops Fall 2017

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African bishops issued a pastoral letter to United Methodists in their region to support the commission's work through prayer and fasting. more

Nov 8, 2017 5:33 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

COB Junaluska 2017

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The Council of Bishops begins closed-door sessions to consider unity proposals from the Commission on A Way Forward. more

Nov 7, 2017 5:04 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

Way Forward in Nashville

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The commission has sent its work on to the Council of Bishops, which will meet beginning Nov. 2 in Lake Junaluska, N.C. more

Nov 2, 2017 5:36 PM A Way Forward

Way Forward Nashville

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Commissioners put final touches in report going to Council of Bishops. more

Oct 31, 2017 5:11 PM A Way Forward

2016 Book of Discipline

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The Judicial Council should have the authority to decide constitutional questions posed by any legal unit of The United Methodist Church, not just General Conference or the Council of Bishops. more

Oct 30, 2017 6:30 PM Perspectives

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The Commission on A Way Forward's refusal to share news of its deliberations with the wider church shows a lack of that leadership that United Methodists deeply need now, says layman Lonnie D. Brooks. more

Oct 27, 2017 3:50 PM Perspectives

Way Forward Berlin

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Bishop Kenneth L. Carter, one of the moderators of the Commission on A Way Forward, told United Methodist communicators not to expect any news on its work until Summer, 2018, after the Council of Bishops clears any proposal. more

Oct 27, 2017 8:27 AM A Way Forward

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During its meeting in Berlin, Germany, the Commission on A Way Forward considered ideas on a future for The United Methodist Church to present to the Council of Bishops in November. more

Sep 21, 2017 5:38 PM A Way Forward 5 Comments

Commission on A Way Forward

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As the Way Forward Commission meets in Berlin, the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper pleads for a proposal for the future that roots itself in love, not law, regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people in The United Methodist Church. more

Sep 20, 2017 5:20 PM Perspectives 6 Comments

Dr. David N. Field, a European-based scholar who serves on the Commission on A Way Forward, looks at the faith importance of staying unified despite opposing theological positions. more

Sep 15, 2017 11:15 AM A Way Forward 2 Comments

Small Groups Way Forward

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The United Methodist Church is wasting money and people power much needed elsewhere on the far-flung meetings of the Commission on A Way Forward, says the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant more

Sep 13, 2017 12:41 PM A Way Forward 6 Comments

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The Commission on A Way Forward asks for prayers from United Methodists as it prepares for what it describes as a "critical meeting" Sept. 18-20 in Berlin, Germany. more

Sep 11, 2017 4:36 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

Tanganyika Delegates

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With the Commission on A Way Forward looking at "loosening" the United Methodist connectional structure, Dr. David W. Scott examines the identity of the Central Conferences around the world. more

Sep 5, 2017 4:44 PM Global Nature

U.S. Jurisdictions

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As the Commission on a Way Forward talks about "loosening" the United Methodist connectional system, Dr. David W. Scott looks at the identities of each Central Conference around the world. more

Sep 5, 2017 4:22 PM Global Nature 2 Comments

George Howard

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Church leaders are divided on the legality and advisability of the closed-door policy of the Commission on A Way Forward. more

Aug 11, 2017 7:57 AM A Way Forward 1 Comments

Way Forward Moderators

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Three bishops serving as moderators for the Commission on A Way Forward issue an Advent message asking for prayers for the group's first conference call. more

Dec 9, 2016 10:17 AM A Way Forward