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 human sexuality.
In releasing the status report, the Commission moderators Bishops David Yemba, Sandra Steiner Ball and Ken Carter said the status report was available in multiple formats so it can easily be shared electronically, shown in meetings, used in Bible Studies or even in worship
“We encourage all United Methodists to view this," wrote the moderators. "We encourage you to offer us feedback and prayer.”
The Commission has five more meetings to complete, with two of the meetings coming prior to the November meeting of the Council of Bishops.
Rev. Jasmine Smothers of the North Georgia Conference is serving on the commission.
The final report will be issued to the Council of Bishops, who will then present the report to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference for action.