Conversations on a Way Forward
When? Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Last fall, Bishop Ough hosted 15 different Conversations on A Way Forward across the Dakotas-Minnesota Area. They were attended by over 1,000 lay and clergy members.
Again this fall, Bishop Ough will host a series of 15 gatherings across the Area to continue the Conversations on A Way Forward as the denomination prepares for the special session of General Conference on February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis.
All interested persons are invited to participate. However, Bishop Ough encourages lay and clergy members of Annual Conference, local church lay leaders and key local church leaders, in particular, to attend.
Members of the Dakotas and/or Minnesota Conference delegations to the special session of General Conference will assist Bishop Ough in hosting the gatherings. This will provide an opportunity for the delegates to listen to and dialogue with participants.
These gatherings are timely for the following reasons:
- The members of the Commission on a Way Forward have completed their work, and their report has been submitted to the Commission on General Conference.
- The Council of Bishops has endorsed the One Church Plan.
- Other petitions related to the Commission’s report will be available to the General Conference delegates and the church by this fall.
In addition to information about the proposals that will be before the delegates to the 2019 General Conference, the gatherings will provide a setting in which to share resources and tools for how to facilitate dialogue and build resiliency in local churches.
In preparation for the gatherings, Bishop Ough encourages persons and congregations to read Anatomy of Peace by the Arbinger Institute and God Unbound by Elaine A. Heath. Bishop Ough also encourages all United Methodists to participate in the denomination-wide prayer vigil, Praying Our Way Forward.