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Way Forward Report Released in All Four Official Languages of General Conference

8/1/2018
The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in all four official languages of the General Conference: English, French, Portuguese and Swahili. The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Subject to final copy editing, the report will be printed in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) in November. Here is a statement from the moderators of the Commission and the President of the Council of Bishops on the release of the report: ...



Commission on a Way Forward Final Report Being Translated

7/10/2018
Nashville, Tenn.: The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward to the Special Session of the General Conference in 2019 will become available once it has been translated from English into the other three official languages of The United Methodist Church (French, Portuguese, and KiSwahili), anticipated by July 30. "The Commission on the General Conference and the Council of Bishops join the whole church in the desire that everyone within the United Methodist family have access to these ...



Praying Our Way Forward: Take Part in the Next Phase of Prayer for God's Guidance

5/24/2018
The Council of Bishops, in partnership with The Upper Room, is launching Phase 3 of Praying our Way Forward. Phase 1 involved 84 members of the Council of Bishops praying for The United Methodist Church’s way forward for 15 minutes daily, from August to December 2016. This was followed by Phase 2, which resulted in 18 continuous months of daily individual and corporate prayer by faithful members of annual conferences around the globe. North Georgia United Methodists held a week of prayer March ...



Commission Ends Its Work; Hears Bishops’ Recommendation for a Way Forward

5/17/2018
Rev. Jasmine Smothers of the North Georgia Conference has served on the 32-member commission. (Photo courtesy of Commission on a Way Forward) NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward for The United Methodist Church concluded its ninth and final meeting in Nashville May 16. The Commission met nine times over 17 months. The Commission reviewed a wide variety of petitions presented as legislation to previous General Conferences regarding human sexuality and examined how ...



Bishops Announce Results of Five Constitutional Amendments

5/7/2018
May 7, 2018 WASHINGTON, D. C.  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has completed canvassing the votes of annual conferences on the five constitutional amendments that were approved by the 2016 General Conference.  Summary of Votes by Annual Conferences Amendment Total "Yes"  Votes Total "No" Votes % of Yes Votes Amendment I 31,304 15,753 66.5% Amendment II 29,049 18,317 61.3% Amendment III 42,639 4,578 90.3% Amendment IV 43,770 3,340 92.9% Amendment V 38,087 ...

United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward

5/4/2018
The Council of Bishops released the following summary at the conclusion of its April/May meeting. (Pictured is outgoing COB President Bishop Bruce Ough, incoming COB President Bishop Ken Carter and COB President-designate Bishop Cynthia Harvey addressing a press conference at the end of the Council of Bishops meeting this afternoon. Photo: Mike Dubose, UMNS)  Meeting in Chicago, United Methodist bishops, including Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way ...



Volunteer Marshals and Pages Sought for 2019 Special Session of the General Conference

4/12/2018
Nashville, Tenn.: Beginning April 4, 2018, volunteers will be able to apply online to serve as marshals or pages during the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The denomination’s top legislative assembly will meet February 23-26, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri, in the U.S.  Approximately 150 volunteers are needed to serve as marshals and pages during General Conference. Applicants must be able to serve all four days of the Special Session.  Marshals will be...

Commission on a Way Forward Presents Two Draft Sketches to Bishops

3/1/2018
The following press release was shared by the Council of Bishops after their February 2018 meeting. What is Christ's way forward for doing mission and ministry in the worldwide United Methodist Church? 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. In the report given to the Council this week, the Commission shared with the bishops two sketches that carry forward many of the ...



Delegate Counts for 2020 General Conference Announced

12/7/2017
The Secretary of the General Conference has announced the number of delegates assigned to each annual conference for the 2020 General Conference has been calculated, and certificates of election are on the way to bishops and annual conference secretaries. The computation involves applying a statistical formula contained in The Book of Discipline 2016, which is based on the number of clergy and professing lay members of each annual conference. Since the Book of Discipline caps the maximum number ...

Mission, Unity, Space, Contextuality: Bishops Hear Interim Report on Way Forward’s Work

11/9/2017
​Photo: All bishops pray for the bishops serving on the Commission on a Way Forward Following is a Press Release from the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church Placing emphasis on the values of unity, space, and contextuality – all for the sake of mission – the Council of Bishops (COB) is exploring sketches of three models as possible directions for a way forward for The United Methodist Church over LGBTQ inclusion. With the mission of God through the risen Christ at the core, ...



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