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:
May 4, 2018 - United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward
March 23, 2018 - Commission Members Grateful to Serve, Complete Work on Final Report
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
April 26, 2017 - The Way Forward, from Easter to Pentecost
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
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.
Monday, October 23 - Larry Hilliard
Tuesday, October 24 - LaToya Redd Thompson
Wednesday, October 25 - Vickie White
Thursday, October 26 - David Stotts
Friday, October 27 - Tim Thompson
Saturday, October 28 - Bishop James E. Swanson Sr.