The Connectional Table Hosts Human Sexuality Live Stream Event to Discuss Abingdon Press Book

10/24/2014

 
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Nashville, TN – The Connectional Table’s Human Sexuality Task Force is hosting a live online streaming event focused on the Abingdon Press book Finding Our Way: Love and Law in The United Methodist Church. The panel discussion will take place Saturday, November 1 from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. CST. That day, those wishing to join the event can access it by visiting http://umc.org/connectional-table-webcast. Members of the Connectional Table hope that the event will foster ongoing dialogue to provide an opportunity for listening and considering varying theological perspectives, as well as to create an ongoing conversation in the wider church.  
The panelists participating in the live-stream are members of the Council of Bishops who contributed to Finding Our Way, as well as Neil M. Alexander, the president and publisher of The United Methodist Publishing House.  The book was written to move readers through tensions related to views about homosexual practice, same-gender unions, qualifications for ordination, and related issues of church teaching and governance. It encourages frank and constructive dialogue and prayer to help The United Methodists conference together and open themselves to God’s guidance in seeking faithful, fair, just, and loving resolution to issues that challenge the faith community.  
Confirmed bishops include: Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Bishop Michael J. Lowry, Bishop John K. Yambasu, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner. Each will be discussing their perspectives on human sexuality based upon their chapter in the book.  
The Connectional Table is encouraging viewers to read the book prior to the live stream discussion. United Methodist leaders are also encouraged to gather church members for viewing and joining the discussion on Saturday morning. Additional resources to support the discussion can be found at: http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/human-sexuality-homosexuality    
People sitting in on the event are also welcome to submit questions to be addressed by the panelists via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #cttalks during the live stream.  
The Connectional Table is a 59-member body which is responsible for guiding the vision, mission, and ministries of The United Methodist Church. Connect with them online at http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/connectional-table-main.
 
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