Learn about the work of the commission on a way forward and whats next as the united methodist church seeks a way forward around the issue of human sexuality. At the moment, three ways forward are being presented. Finding a way forward together what to expect united methodists in the alaska, oregonidaho and pacific northwest conferences are encouraged to participate in table talk conversations. A special session of the general conference of the united methodist church took place february 2326, 2019 in st. The commission on a way forward submitted proposals that were. Message from bishop schol concerning a way forward united. According to the united methodist book of discipline, in the absence of a. This is a document which must be taken seriously and responded to in a careful, thoughtful way. Traditionalists and progressives are at an impasse regarding the nature and legitimacy of samesex unions, with the increasingly global traditionalists winning the battle at the legislative levels and the progressives now defying church regulations. More time is needed for all nominees to be given adequate consideration. The ongoing debate over homosexuality continues to divide us. Today, as a way of beginning to find our way forward, we suggest that in. My purpose is not to vilify or criticize anyone who has written or signed this document.
United methodist bishops, meeting in chicago, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward. Is a way forward for a united methodist church really a. Gnj and our congregations can thrive even as we recognize that united methodists have different beliefs, understanding and experiences. A forum for discerning gods future for the united methodist church, hosted by st. A variety of plans have united methodist champions as the church strives. The decision, by a 53% to 47% vote, was to maintain the restrictive language in our book of discipline that prohibits homosexual marriage and ordination and to add stricter accountability for violating these policies.
Detailed analysis of hamiltons way forward for the umc. The commission on a way forward is tasked with helping the united methodist church umc find a way past its current impasse on issues related to sexuality, particularly in relation to the ordination and marriage of lbgtq persons. I am blessed to serve as one of the moderators of this commission, and florida is honored that jorge acevedo and alice williams serve as commission members. Commission on a way forward clarifies values as it presents. Jul 17, 2018 the a way forward is now available for englishspeakers while the translated documents will be another few weeks. Jul 21, 2017 as you know, the commission on a way forward was established after the 2016 general conference to find a way forward for the united methodist church. More specifically, one of these actions did not violate the book of discipline or express opposition to the theology or polity of the united methodist church.
United methodist church to launch praying our way forward. Adam hamilton and a group of leading united methodist pastors have recently issued a proposal entitled a way forward for a united methodist church. Thank you for inviting the united methodist association of ministers with disabilities umamd to provide input on a way forward for inclusion of lgbtqi persons. That is the question bishops pondered during their february meeting in dallas this week as they received an updated report from the commission on a way forward. Diverse leaders group offers separation plan united methodist. Guided by the mission, vision and scope document, the bishops agreed to recommend the one church plan. The commission on a way forward was created after the 2016 general conference approved a motion for the council of bishops to name a commission that would explore options to keep the unity of the church that had been threatened over the question of inclusion of lgbtq persons. Special session of the general conference of the united methodist. Opinions still vary on the way forward united methodist news. People in the united methodist church are divided over this decision, especially in the u.
The denominationwide praying our way forward initiative launched on new years day 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer for the united methodist church. With the united methodist church s decision to maintain bans on samesex weddings and the ordination of lgbt clergy, state and local church leaders say they will move forward relying on. A way forward united methodist association of ministers. One side believes that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with christian teaching. The sign outside the polling station at devon park united methodist church in wilmington, n. The commission on a way forward is fleshing out the details of three possible models for how the denomination treats lgbtq inclusion. A short response to a way forward on saturday, november 22, 2014 the virginia conference of the united methodist church held a day of holy conversation on sexuality in the united methodist church. As more conferences and the western jurisdiction openly defy scripture, the book of discipline, and the judicial council there are many individuals on both sides of this issue that realize an amiable separation is the only way forward. With the united methodist church s future up in the. The commission on a way forward was proposed by the council of bishops and approved by the 2016 general conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the book of discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. The effective church group thoughts on the way forward for umc. Harvey right answers questions during a press conference about the united methodist churchs way forward plan to address how the denomination ministers with lgbtq individuals. Bishops propose plan for way forward united methodist news.
United methodist bishops recommend a way forward northern. The effort will begin january 1 in the north carolina conference, and wrap up in the west angola episcopal area in june 2018. The united methodist book of discipline states that the practice of. Join us on facebook or youtube sunday morning live at 8.
The values of our global church are reflected in all three plans. Summaries of the way forward commission report united. The united methodist church has much more to be concerned. With the united methodist churchs future up in the. The building is closed in accordance with the statewide stayathome mandate. If you presently have appointment authority over me or anticipate having that authority in the future, you can stop reading now.
The way forward resurrection united methodist church of. Our way forward must move us beyond the continuing impasse over the nature, conditions, and extent of the inclusion of lgbtq people within the church. United methodists need one way forward, not three hacking. This plan provides conferences, churches, and pastors the. Option one is essentially to stay the course and hold those accountable who do not follow the constitution. The united methodist church has much more to be concerned about than a way forward. Commission on a way forward the united methodist church. Elaine stanovsky, bishop of the greater northwest area of the united methodist church. This report will be presented to a special session of general conference in february of 2019. Dallas what is the christs way forward for doing mission and ministry in the worldwide united methodist church. The multinational group, appointed by united methodist bishops, held its seventh meeting behind closed doors jan.
I am not using clergy and staff appointments to undermine the unity of the church or the work of the commission on a way forward. Tom lambrecht, member of the commission on a way forward from. These bishops of the united methodist church urge congregations to stand together, under gods grace, to lead others to vibrant faith, steadfast hope, and joyful living. Its official rulebook the book of discipline states the practice of. Is there a way forward for the united methodist church. Harvey right answers questions during a press conference about the united methodist church s way forward plan to address how the denomination ministers with lgbtq individuals at the conclusion of the church s council of bishops meeting in chicago. The umc, a global church, prides itself on its democratic and. Praying our way forward phase 2 commences january 1 west. Bishops report on the umc commission on a way forward. Despite wellintended efforts by the council of bishops to have them distributed simultaneously in multiple translations, a delay by the commission on general conference meant that the english report is now available whereas the translated reports will be another 23 weeks. According to its book of discipline, the denominations collection of laws. Conservative christians just retook the united methodist church. New global methodist denominations the united methodist church creates four new. We stand at a crossroads in the united methodist church.
President of the council of bishops of the united methodist church bishop kenneth. Update on commission on a way forward nc conference. Way forward report released in all four official languages of general. Rob renfroe, president of good news, recently issued a statement to the commission on the way forward. May 04, 2018 the values of our global church are reflected in all three plans. Jul 26, 2016 my first thought when reading this list was, one of these things is not like the other one. The wesleyan covenant association calls upon faithful united methodist churches and members to unite with us and to remain steadfast in the ongoing struggle for the integrity of our church during this transitional period. Is the united methodist system of sending pastors wrong.
The united methodist church remains officially opposed to homosexuality, same sex marriage, and selfavowed gay pastors. The united methodist meeting offered no clear way forward. No one wants to call it that, but thats the direction were going. The commission on a way forward ended its mandate after presenting its report to the 2019 special session of the general conference of the united methodist church, held in st. Dear sisters and brothers in the florida conference, i encourage you to read this status report from the commission on a way forward. Um action response to umc commission on a way forward juicy. We will continue our conversation on this matter and report our progress to you and to the whole church. The gnj way forward united methodist church of greater new. As you know, a 32member commission on a way forward was appointed by the council of bishops to assist the bishops in their charge from the 2016 general conference to lead the church forward amid the present impasse related to human sexuality and resulting questions about the unity of the church. Commission on a way forward united methodist insight. The focused prayers will intercede for the church s worldwide mission and seek guidance on matters related to homosexuality.
Williamsburg united methodist church a way forward. Aug 07, 2012 is the united methodist system of sending pastors wrong. It became very clear to me in reading the july 27, 2017 status report from the commission on a way forward and viewing the embedded video on the vine, that the book of discipline has little importance to the leadership of the united methodist church. United methodist communications helps the united methodist church tell the story of gods love through research, technology, and strategic communication. Jan 23, 2018 united methodists need one way forward, not three january 23, 2018 by umjeremy 32 comments history shows that when multiple options are debated at general conference, everyone loses and the debate continues to the detriment of all. The majority of the council recommends the one church plan as the best way forward for the united methodist church.
Jun 10, 2014 a way forward for a united methodist church. Legality each new global denomination is organized in such a way that. Ask the umc offers an explanation to some of the most frequently asked questions about. We ask all united methodists to pray for the bishops commission on a way forward. Jason micheli august 7, 2012 7 comments spoiler alert.
Way forward fleshing out 3 possible futures united. Jjs speech on the floor of general conference gave so many of us hope for the future of the church. Aug 31, 2016 the council of bishops executive committee says that an overwhelming number of nominations for the commission on a way forward has delayed the appointment of commission members. May 01, 2010 this book offers a renewed vision and practical steps for united methodists to work together in mission and ministry. Commission on a way forward issues status report flumc. We are a national caucus founded in 1990 and made up of people with varying disabilities, both lay and clergy, who also seek to achieve full inclusion in the church. Or in a statement this morning to the general conference 2016 delegates, bishop bruce ough outlined the council of bishops recommendations for a way forward for the united methodist church. New books on the umc way forward media center nc conference. Jul 09, 2018 on may 4, 2018, i wrote to you about the commission on the way forwards work to identify a way forward for the church concerning human sexuality and, in particular, the inclusion of gays and lesbians in the church. The general conference is the only body that approves church policy and. View our full list of resources on homosexuality, the umc way forward, and church unity in our homosexuality and the umc way forward church unity pathfinder. The second phase of the praying our way forward initiative will be launched new years day with 75 weeks of focused prayer for the united methodist church. The united methodist church appears to be hurtling toward schism.
At the conclusion of the discernment process, the council of bishops strongly approved the motion and rationale that includes the recommendation of the one church plan. We offer the final report of the commission on a way forward, translated in the four official. Petition a way forward for a united methodist church. If you havent heard it yet, take a listen to jj warrens short video describing what reconciling ministries network means to him. United methodist bishops recommend a way forward the. Delegates at the united methodist church general conference react to the. The united methodist church will be launching a praying our way forward initiative on new years day with 75 weeks of focused prayer before the revision of book of discipline on the topic of human sexuality. The united methodist church is on the verge of schism.949 393 1062 125 1445 678 1615 1064 1096 1366 527 146 874 745 954 544 931 724 1521 1457 31 1187 1331 177 1565 324 800 518 984 375 672 1449 720