Commission on a way forward
The Commission on a Way Forward is tasked with helping the United Methodist Church (UMC) find a way past its current impasse on issues related to sexuality, particularly in relation to the ordination and marriage of LBGTQ persons. The Commission has regularly issued updates on its work, and all United Methodists are encouraged to learn about the work of the Commission and to keep the Commission and the whole church in prayer.
In 1972, the decision-making body of the United Methodist Church (the Generall Conference) inserted language about homosexuality into the United Methodist Book of Discipline, which is the official UM book of order, faith and practice. Until this occurred, the Discipline had been silent about homosexuality. Since then, the United Methodist Church has been openly wrestling with language, theology, Biblical interpretation, and other issues related to sexuality and especially homosexuality. As a denomination, we are not of one accord in our thinking, beliefs, or practice concerning a wide range of LGBTQIA concerns.
In 2016, our UM Council of Bishops appointed a geographically and theologically diverse group of clergy and laity to explore how we can faithfully be in ministry as a church, even as our members hold different perspectives on these issues. The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops.
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Read the final Commission on a Way Forward report by clicking here.