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Commission on a Way Forward Drafts Interim Report to Bishops

11/2/2017
During its most recent meeting in Nashville, Tenn., members of the 32-member Commission on Way Forward prepared an interim report on their work to the Council of Bishops. The Commission's work emphasizes the need for unity of the United Methodist Church while recognizing the different theological understandings of LGBTQ identity. Rev. Jasmine Smothers of the North Georgia Conference is a member of the Commission. “The people of North Georgia can be confident that the Commission on a Way ...



North Georgia Delegation Meets to Begin Preparation for Called General Conference

9/1/2017
North Georgia's General Conference Delegation gathered on Saturday, August 26, at Mt. Bethel UMC in Marietta. This was their first meeting since the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.  The delegation convened to begin preparing for the work of the Special Called Session of General Conference in 2019. They have scheduled four meetings between now and May of 2018.    Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall of the Candler School of Theology and the Rev. Hal Jones of our United Methodist Children’s Home ...



North Georgia Delegation Meets to Begin Preparation for Called General Conference

8/31/2017
North Georgia's General Conference Delegation gathered on Saturday, August 26, at Mt. Bethel UMC in Marietta. This was their first meeting since the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.  The delegation convened to begin preparing for the work of the Special Called Session of General Conference in 2019. They have scheduled four meetings between now and May of 2018.    Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall of the Candler School of Theology and the Rev. Hal Jones of our United Methodist Children’s Home ...



Commission on a Way Forward Offers Status Report

7/27/2017
The Commission on a Way Forward has released a status report to the Council of Bishops and the entire United Methodist Church, updating the church and the leaders on the faithful work of the Commission after four meetings. The 32-member commission is accountable to the Council of Bishops, which named the members following a mandate from the 2016 General Conference. The charge from the General Conference was for the bishops to find a way forward and for unity in the UMC on issues related to ...



A Message from Bishop Sue on Judicial Council Ruling

4/28/2017
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,   The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church has just issued its ruling, finding 6-3 that  the consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto, who is married to another woman, violates church law. The Council’s action, however, does not nullify the consecration or cause Bishop Oliveto to be removed from the episcopal office. The Council concluded that the bishop’s ministerial office is now subject to review, which will begin when a complaint is filed against ...

A Message from Bishop Sue on Upcoming Judicial Council Hearing

4/24/2017
I invite you to join me in prayer for our United Methodist Church, our Council of Bishops, our Commission on the Way Forward, and our Judicial Council as we await the Judicial Council decision* on whether a gay pastor can serve as bishop. I want you to know that, regardless of what the Judicial Council concludes, it will not be the last word on the denomination’s approach to issues regarding human sexuality in the future. I ask you to review the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops’ ...

Praying Our Way Forward: Worship, Study, Discernment, Confession and Prayer for God’s Guidance

12/27/2016
North Georgia Conference Week of Prayer to be March 19-25, 2017 The denomination-wide 'Praying Our Way Forward' initiative will launch Phase 2 on New Year’s Day with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. The effort will begin January 1 in the North Carolina Conference, and wrap up in the West Angola Episcopal area in June 2018. Each annual conference will take one week to have intentional prayer for the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus ...



Update From the Moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward

12/15/2016
The following letter was issued to United Methodists from the moderators of The Commission on a Way Forward. North Georgia's Rev. Jasmine Smothers is among the 32 members of the commission, made up of United Methodists from around the world.  Dear Friends in Christ, It is Advent, the season of expectation, preparation, and new birth. This Advent season seems more poignant this year than in years past in the midst of beginning the work with the Commission on a Way Forward.   The church is in a...

Council of Bishops to Call for 2019 General Conference

11/2/2016
Sets Forth Action to Involve the Whole Church in Prayer and Conversation St. Simons Island, Ga.: Through an affirmative vote at their fall meeting this week, the United Methodist Council of Bishops expressed their intent to call for a special session of the General Conference in either February or March of 2019 and asked the business manager of  the General Conference to move forward with exploring venues and a bid search. The Constitution of The United Methodist Church provides that the Council...



Smothers Named to Commission on a Way Forward

10/24/2016
Council of Bishops Names 32 Commission Members The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced the membership of the Commission on a Way Forward. Rev. Jasmine Smothers of the North Georgia Conference is among the 32 members, made up of United Methodists from around the world.  "After three months of diligent and prayerful discernment, we have selected 8 bishops, 11 laity, 12 elders and 1 deacon to serve on the Commission," said Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops. "...



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