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Commission on A Way Forward

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

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 5 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

Ten Denominations UMC

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While the Commission on A Way Forward continues its work behind closed doors, the Rev. Dr. Chris Ritter speculates on what United Methodism might look like in future, based on his interpretation of statistics. more

Aug 3, 2017 10:34 AM A Way Forward 6 Comments

Way Forward Ash Wednesday

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UPDATE: Commission issues "status report" on Way Forward progress. United Methodist Insight offers two reasons why the closed-door policy of the Commission on A Way Forward is doing more harm than good. more

Jul 25, 2017 10:57 AM A Way Forward 6 Comments

John Wesley Profile

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Scholar David N. Field takes a deep dive into John Wesley's theology of sin, and finds that Christians holding divergent views can stay in covenant together if they act according to God's overarching moral law of love. more

Jul 24, 2017 2:05 PM Perspectives 18 Comments

Commission on A Way Forward

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There'll be no public unveiling of the Commission on A Way Forward's plans for keeping the United Methodist Church together until after the plan is reviewed by the November meeting of the Council of Bishops, Heather Hahn reports. more

Jul 24, 2017 1:21 PM A Way Forward 3 Comments

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The Commission on A Way Forward is reviewing input from United Methodists on a future for the worldwide denomination. more

Jul 20, 2017 11:56 AM A Way Forward 1 Comments

Small Groups Way Forward

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Way Forward Commissioners may get their first look at a draft plan for global unity in United Methodism. more

Jun 29, 2017 12:07 PM A Way Forward

Unity & Sex Colloquy

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A second academic gathering to aid the deliberations of the Commission on A Way Forward will focus on United Methodist mission. more

Jun 5, 2017 5:26 PM

Way Forward Moderators

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The three bishops who are serving as moderators for the Commission on a Way Forward explain the intentions of the group. more

Jun 1, 2017 4:34 PM A Way Forward

Study Guide

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A new study guide intended to help with constructive conversations on human sexuality is offered to United Methodist congregations. more

May 24, 2017 4:27 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

Bishop Ken Carter, one of the moderators of the bishops' Commission on a Way Forward, offers six strong reasons for preserving the unity of The United Methodist Church, writes the Rev. William O. "Bud" Reeves of Arkansas. more

May 16, 2017 3:11 PM Perspectives 4 Comments

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Concepts in a proposed church identity document that are filtering through other developing works seem to hold hope for fostering unity and avoiding schism in The United Methodist Church, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

May 3, 2017 8:40 AM Perspectives 8 Comments

Bishops Statement

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The United Methodist Council of Bishops has set a date and place for an anticipated special session of General Conference to receive and vote upon a plan for keeping the denomination from breaking up. more

Apr 25, 2017 6:22 AM A Way Forward

Bishop Mande Muyombo

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"Loosening the connection" is one way the Commission on A Way Forward might get The United Methodist Church past its current impasse over the acceptance of homosexuality, reports Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service more

Apr 11, 2017 5:07 PM A Way Forward 1 Comments

Small Groups Way Forward

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After some weeks of trust-building, the Commission on A Way Forward begins deliberations on how to preserve United Methodist unity despite deep divisions over the acceptance of homosexuality. more

Apr 10, 2017 3:22 PM 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