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Commission on A Way Forward

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The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, chief connectional ministries officer for the Connectional Table, said that in the midst of anxiety over the future direction of The United Methodist Church, she continues to pray for unity. Read more

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Bishop Scott Jones weighed the characteristics of the three models put forth by the Commission on A Way Forward. Read more

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The Rev. Darryl W. Stephens provides a summary of what's coming at the special 2019 General Conference in February in St. Louis, Mo. Read more

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United Methodist bishops can't vote at General Conference, but nothing prevents them from offering information on legislation that they believe will benefit the worldwide UMC. Read more

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Both the Africa College of Bishops and the Philippines College of Bishops have recently released statements in which neither endorsed any of the three Way Forward plans, writes Dr. David W. Scott. Read more

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Of all the Way Forward comparisons floating around the Internet, Reconciling Ministries Network recommends one created by Way Forward commission member Dave Nuckols. Read more

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Recounting his family's strong devotion to the Methodist tradition, Bishop Julius C. Trimble reminds United Methodists that the bonds of baptism are stronger than mere membership. Read more

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Bishop Thomas Bickerton says delegates to the special 2019 General Conference should "let God do what God does best" in Way Forward deliberations, in the latest UMNS video installment. Read more

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The Judicial Council's unanimous ruling clears the way for the One Church Plan -- the model recommended from the Way Forward report – to proceed to the special 2019 General Conference in February. Read more

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The words of the Holy Bible don't change, but our understanding changes as we realize that God's redemptive power transcends our prejudices, writes the Rev. Creede Hinshaw Read more

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Speakers in oral arguments before the United Methodist Judicial Council insisted that constitutional guidance from the high court is crucial to the denomination's unity. Read more

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The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell recalls that the arguments used to keep people oppressed seem to be those now being used against LGBTQ-plus people in the church. Read more

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Conversations taking place around The United Methodist Church indicate there are lots more decisions to come on the conference and local levels, say church leaders. Read more

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The United Methodist Judicial Council is being asked to help guide the denomination through its efforts to determine a model for unity amid diversity over scriptural authority and homosexuality. Read more

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Wespath, the pension and benefits agency for the UMC, has begun exploring options to continue serving the church no matter what is decided at GC2019. Read more

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Great Plains Annual Conference has developed a chart on the three models of the Way Forward Plan that is being used in discussions around the region. Read more

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Dr. David W. Scott of UM & Global offers four interpretations of the meaning of the African bishops' statement affirming traditional marriage and resisting UMC schism. Read more

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North Central Jurisdiction delegates meet to build relationships in advance of the special 2019 General Conference on United Methodist unity. Read more

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United Methodist bishops in Africa issued a statement Sept. 24 saying they won't back breaking up the church, leading observers elsewhere to wonder what influence their statement would have on the 2019 General Conference. Read more

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United Methodist laywoman Elisa Gatz believes that the Simple Plan offers the denomination an opportunity to learn from and correct its past bigotry. Read 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. Read more

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