Commission on a Way Forward

 
A Way Forward  The Council of Bishops called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held in February 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops.
 
Resources for information and conversation are provided below:
 
WAY FORWARD VIDEOS TO PREPARE FOR GENERAL CONFERENCE
 
The Commission on a Way Forward is offering several videos that document the experiences, hopes, dreams, concerns, approach, and learnings of the 32-member Commission, which recently completed its report that will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The purpose of the videos is to give viewers “a sense of how the Commission built relationship and community, how it developed and worked to maintain hearts of peace as we accomplished our work, and how the Commission developed the plans that the church will see in its report,” said the Commission moderators Bishops Ken Carter, Sandra Steiner Ball and David Yemba.
 
 “We hope that you will take these gifts and use them to prepare for the upcoming General Conference.  We hope that you will listen deeply for God’s voice and wisdom in the midst of our words.  We hope that you will get a sense that this work is not and will not be easy, but that we have a choice of approaching our work with either a heart of war or a heart of peace,” said the moderators in a letter accompanying the videos. The moderators said they hoped the delegates to the 2019 General Conference will be inspired and motivated to intentionally choose to prepare and to act and respond to General Conference with a heart of peace.  “We have learned that this makes all the difference in how we treat one another and therefore listen to one another.” Click here to read the full letter of from the moderators.  
 
Jasmine Smothers, Julie Hager Love and Tom Berlin are all Commission members who are also clergy serving in the SEJ. In this interview they reflect on their experience and their hopes for the future of the United Methodist Church.    YouTube:  https://youtu.be/85KP5qxfCpA  
 
Bishops Gregory Palmer and Robert Schnase, who are members of the Commission, talk about how the work of the Commission points to the larger mission of The United Methodist Church. (Length 5:35). YouTube https://youtu.be/52EVb7wuva8  
 
Patricia Miller, Executive Director of the Confessing Movement, and Matt Berryman, former Executive Director of Reconciling Ministries Network, talk about their friendship and their experiences serving together on the Commission. (Length 7:55) Download: https://tinyurl.com/millerandberryman