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Commission on A Way Forward

UM & Global blogmaster Dr. David W. Scott thinks the Connectional Conference Plan model from the Way Forward report has enough value that it shouldn't be dismissed outright. more

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Dr. David W. Scott explains the framework for mission in the church that he shared with the Commission on A Way Forward. more

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Using the marketing skills of its leadership, the Wesleyan Covenant Association has mounted a campaign in support of the Traditionalist Plan that deflects attention from its true purpose – the dissolution of the UMC, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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The report from the Commission on A Way Forward is released in all four official languages used by the General Conference. more

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Filipinos say they're finding it difficult to consider the three Way Forward plans because of inadequate information, along with influence by a speaker from the Wesleyan Covenant Association, which advocates for the Traditional Plan. more

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The request asks the Judicial Council, United Methodism's "high court," to determine the constitutionality of the three models contained in the Way Forward final report. more

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Proponents of the "Traditional" Way Forward model argue that the UMC should forego social justice for "pure evangelism," while progressives see the two as inextricably linked yet they often don't follow through on the linkage. more

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The effect of a recent Judicial Council decision, combined with saving money on translation into three languages besides English, has delayed publication of the final report of the Commission on A Way Forward, now slated for July 30. more

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Responding to an adverse Judicial Council ruling and scholarly criticism of its attempts to "legislate" the Commission on A Way Forward report, the Council of Bishops has amended the call for the 2019 General Conference. more

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Retired Bishop William B. Lewis explains how the idea of "local option" on human sexuality actually conforms to United Methodist law, which reserves to annual conferences and local congregations certain responsibilities in ministry. more

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The last two of ten resource videos on discernment and conversation concerning The United Methodist Church's Way Forward committee meetings have been released. more

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Tom Berlin

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The Rev. Tom Berlin, a member of the Commission on A Way Forward, recently posted an updated video about LGBTQ inclusion in The United Methodist Church. more

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Petitions can be sent for the 2019 General Conference starting June 6. Detailed instructions on the form and process can be found online. more

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United Methodists are now trying to determine how best to submit legislation pertaining to the Way Forward report to the 2019 General Conference. more

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Can a book "just chock full of a lot of the very principles that Scripture teaches about the value of people" help prepare delegates for the special 2019 General Conference on United Methodist unity? more

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Bishops, especially Bishop Scott Jones of the Texas Conference, are giving different accounts of what the Council of Bishops voted to forward to the 2019 General Conference. more

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The real issue for the 2019 General Conference isn't homosexuality or even unity, it's domination, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

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Devadhar and Vink

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The Council of Bishops' proposal to adopt the "One Church" model on United Methodist unity gets few full endorsements and lots of doubts. more

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The United Methodist Council of Bishops wants to give annual conferences, congregations and pastors the authority to decide their own stances regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ people in the life and ministry of the church. more

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Bishop Bob Hoshibata explains to the Desert Southwest Conference what actions the Council of Bishops took in regard to the report from the Commission on A Way Forward on three church unity models. more

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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

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