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Commission on the Way Forward Updates

 

July 31, 2018 - Way Forward Report Released in all Four Official Languages of General Conference 

July 12, 2018 - Bishops Seek Declaratory Decisions on Three Plans Submitted to General Conference

July 9, 2018 - Commission on a Way Forward Final Report Being Translated

 

This UMC prayer movement serves as a response to the Council of Bishops initiative for Praying Our Way Forward. Together, let’s be in a posture of prayer for the church, where we are all praying for God’s leadership to guide us effectively in fulfilling the mission of the church. We invite you – clergy, laity, congregations, and small groups across the denomination to pray for God’s guidance. Join the movement here


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. 

This page is dedicated to keeping you abreast of the latest communication pertaining to the Commission on a Way Forward. Updates are listed below:

June 20, 2018 - Commission Offers Video Resources for UMC, Delegates to 2019 General Conference

May 18, 2018 - Bishops Clarify Statement on Commission on a Way Forward Recommendation

May 17, 2018 - Commission Ends its Work; Hears Bishops' Recommendation for a Way Forward

May 4, 2018 - United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward

March 23, 2018 - Commission Members Grateful to Serve, Complete Work on Final Report

March 14, 2018 - Commission on a Way Forward Meets March 19-22 to Prepare Final Report

February 28, 2018 - Commission on a Way Forward Clarifies Values as it Presents Two Sketches to Bishops

January 24, 2018 - Commission on a Way Forward Prepares Updated Report to Bishops

September 21, 2017 - Commission Starts to Sketch Options for the Way Forward

July 26, 2017 - Commission on a Way Forward Issues Status Report

July 24, 2017 - Way Forward Keeps Mum on Plans for Church

July 21, 2017 - Commission on a Way Forward Meets in Chicago

May 31, 2017 -  Moderators Offer Views on Mission, Vision and Scope of Commission on a Way Forward

April 26, 2017 - The Way Forward, from Easter to Pentecost

April 10, 2017 - Commission on a Way Forward Optimistic of Future, Delves into Tough Task 

March 2, 2017 - Commission Moves Onward and Forward

March 1, 2017 - Global Connection is 'Praying Our Way Forward'

March 1, 2017 - Commission on a Way Forward Convenes in Atlanta

February 15, 2017 - February Update from the Moderators of a Commission on a Way Forward

January 26, 2017 - Commission on a Way Forward holds organizational meeting 

Mississippi Conference Leads Denomination in Week of Praying Our Way Forward

The Mississippi Conference is leading the week of Praying Our Way Forward October 22- 28. Faith communities within the Mississippi Conference are not only invited but encouraged to pray daily for the church's effectiveness in fulfilling our mission of making disciples and for the outcome of the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.

Conferences have been asked to unite in prayer for God's leadership to guide us effectively in fulfilling the mission of the church. Clergy, laity, congregations and small groups across the denomination are asked to pray for God's guidance. The Mississippi Conference has provided resources below for the week of prayer for those who desire to participate.

There will also be brief meditation videos sent out conference-wide daily via e-blast, social media and the conference website throughout the week of October 22.

 Find Scripture readings, call to worship, opening and congregational prayers and more for the conference's week of Praying Our Way Forward here

Sunday, October 22 -         Bishop James E. Swanson Sr.

Praying a Way Forward: Bishop Introduction and Prayer from Mississippi Conference on Vimeo.

Monday, October 23 -        Larry Hilliard

Praying Our Way Forward: Larry Hilliard from Mississippi Conference on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 24 -       LaToya Redd Thompson

Praying Our Way Forward: LaToya Redd from Mississippi Conference on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 25 - Vickie White

Praying Our Way Forward: Vickie White from Mississippi Conference on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 26 -     David Stotts

Praying Our Way Forward: David Stotts from Mississippi Conference on Vimeo.

Friday, October 27 -           Tim Thompson

Praying Our Way Forward: Tim Thompson from Mississippi Conference on Vimeo.

Saturday, October 28 -      Bishop James E. Swanson Sr.  

Praying Our Way Forward Closing from Mississippi Conference on Vimeo.


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