Third Sunday Forum August 20th, 2017
10:15 – 11:15am in the Hamline Room (lower level)
“Discerning a Way Forward for the United Methodist Church Connection”
Dave Nuckols, a lay leader from Minnetonka United Methodist Church and a member of The Commission on a Way Forward, will give us an update on the commission’s progress and recommendations at our Third Sunday Forum this month. This crucial issue, and more imporantly: how it may impact the United Methodist Church’s future, is something you will want to learn more about!
The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward was appointed by the Council of Bishops to assist the bishops in their charge from the 2016 General Conference to lead the church forward amid the present impasse related to human sexuality and resulting questions about the unity of the church.
The commission recently convened in Chicago to continue its work concerning human sexuality and exploring options for the future of The United Methodist Church on the issue. At the April meeting in Washington, D.C., members indicated that they were leaning toward a simpler structure with clearer processes for decision-making and accountability for the UMC in its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Conversations at that meeting showed a commitment to finding a way forward that honors the complexity of the global denomination and the unity of a shared faith in Christ.
The Commission members have received input from several advocacy and renewal groups, general boards, agencies of the church, and survey results from constituents such as large-church pastors and seminary students. During annual conference sessions, members of the commission made presentations and hosted discussions on their work.
The commission’s ultimate assignment is to present its report to the Council of Bishops for action at the Special Session of General Conference set for February 23rd-26th, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information on the Commission on a Way Forward, visit www.umc.org/wayforward.