Commission on a Way Forward
The Commission on a Way Forward*, established by the 2016 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, is releasing its report early, so churches may be aware of the options that will be considered the special session of the General Conference in St. Louis in February 2019. See resources below regarding the Commission on a Way Forward.
*About the Commission: The Commission on a Way Forward was created after the 2016 General Conference approved a motion for the Council of Bishops to name a commission that would explore options to keep the unity of the church that had been threatened over the question of inclusion of LGBTQ persons. The Commission is a diverse body that represents the global church with members coming from nine countries with a variety of theological perspectives. The Commission is one-third laity, one-third clergy, and one-third bishops and includes younger persons, LGBTQ persons, professors, administrators, pastors, youth ministers, campus ministers, lay leaders, large church pastors, and persons identified with renewal and advocacy groups.