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Commission on A Way Forward

The Council of Bishops encourages United Methodists to pray for unity during the 40 days of Lent 2018. more

Feb 14, 2018 4:49 PM A Way Forward

Bishop Francisco Presides

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A combined meeting of four leadership bodies, members of the Commission on A Way Forward gave the first public report on the three United Methodist unity proposals they've sent to the Council of Bishops. more

Feb 12, 2018 4:52 PM A Way Forward 9 Comments

The eventual loss of a single word in our identity is a blessing for some, but a tragedy for all, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Feb 12, 2018 1:47 PM Jeremy Smith 2 Comments

Global Mission

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As we pray for the work of Commission on A Way Forward, the Rev. James C. Howell says he finds himself pondering the practical implications of a church split, and his ruminations aren't encouraging. more

Feb 12, 2018 1:36 PM A Way Forward 10 Comments

Using the Christian sense of "requiem" as both death and resurrection, the Rev. Dr. William B. Lawrence lays out hope and options for The United Methodist Church in its unity struggle. more

Feb 7, 2018 10:25 AM A Way Forward

As important as a Way Forward conversation is, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant and his congregation want the UMC to make a decision so they can get on with their religious lives. more

Jan 30, 2018 3:10 PM Perspectives

While hoping for a more flexible solution, the Rev. Dr. Christopher Ritter offers his take on what a "Way Forward" model that values accountability above all might look like. more

Jan 29, 2018 11:49 AM Perspectives

Way Forward in Nashville

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With the deadline for submitting legislation to the 2019 special General Conference fast approaching, the Commission on a Way Forward is beginning to put details to its three "sketches" for the UMC's future. more

Jan 23, 2018 12:26 PM A Way Forward 5 Comments

History shows that when multiple options are debated at General Conference, everyone loses and the debate continues to the detriment of all, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Jan 23, 2018 11:42 AM Jeremy Smith 4 Comments

The Rev. Christopher Ritter offers a hybrid model of the three "sketches" identified by the Council of Bishops as options for maintaining the unity of The United Methodist Church. more

Dec 11, 2017 3:13 PM A Way Forward 11 Comments

The book contains presentations from a March 2017 gathering of international United Methodist scholars on whether human sexuality issues will prevent church unity. more

Dec 5, 2017 3:47 PM 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

Way Forward Logo

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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 5 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

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