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Members of the Commission on a Way Forward participate in a letting-go prayer at the end of their four-day meeting at El Segundo United Methodist Church in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 22. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

Way Forward prepares final report to bishops

The Council of Bishops will use that report in drafting proposals to submit to the special General Conference. At present, two options are the main focus. Read More

Bishop Scott Jones speaks at Dallas meeting with leaders of church-related institutions to discuss the denomination's future. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

Looking at Way Forward’s institutional impact

Bishops heard from institutions that could see their ministries harmed if the church splits. Institutional leaders said they left feeling more hopeful about the church’s future. Read More

Delegates read the bishops' statement about sexuality and the church on May 18, 2016, at the United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS.

Delegates’ early thoughts on Way Forward

Bishops have focused on two possibilities for how the church ministers with LGBTQ individuals, with a traditionalist plan waiting in the wings. Delegates share views on proposals so far. Read More

Bishop Ough is president of the Council of Bishops.

Commission on a Way Forward: 5 things you need to know

A quick overview offers members of The United Methodist Church details about an important effort that will help shape the future of the denomination. Read More

The Commission on a Way Forward convened Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tenn. The commission is still working on possibilities for the denomination’s future. Photo by the Rev. Maidstone Mulenga

Way Forward fleshing out 3 possible futures

No one possibility for LGBTQ inclusion predominates, commission members said. But they did offer some more details. Read More

Bishops pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance during worship Nov. 8 at the Council of Bishops meeting at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Bishops: Be respectful in difficult times

As the church’s debate about its future intensifies, bishops say they are hearing of increased animosity leading in some cases to disrupted worship. Read More

Bishops pray with their episcopal colleagues who serve on the Commission on a Way Forward during a meeting of the Council of Bishops at Lake Junaluska, N.C., on Nov. 8, 2017. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Bishops consider 3 models for church future

The bishops are looking at three possibilities of LGBTQ inclusion sketched by the Commission on Way Forward. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough likened bishops to explorers of old as they seek a way forward for the denomination to stay together despite deep divisions around homosexuality. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Bishops called to navigate ‘off the map’

Bishop Ough, Council of Bishops president, spoke as his colleagues were about to begin discussing a report by the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More

The Commission on a Way Forward met in Berlin on Sept. 18-20. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

Up to bishops to shape Way Forward ideas

In a conference call, Bishop Ken Carter stressed that the Commission on a Way Forward serves the bishops, as it seeks to find a way through the denomination’s impasse. Read More

The Commission on a Way Forward met Sept. 18-20 to discuss possible models for the denomination's future. This photo of the group's logo comes from an earlier meeting. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

Way Forward sketches ideas to present bishops

Some members express cautious optimism for church unity. Another member has written about why he sees a need for a church split. Read More

Delegate George Howard moves to approve a request from the United Methodist Council of Bishops during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. General Conference agreed to let the bishops name a commission charged with advising how the denomination might stay together despite divisions over homosexuality. The Commission on a Way Forward's closed-door meetings approach has found support and criticism. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Commission’s closed meetings find support, criticism

Some endorse Commission on a Way Forward’s approach. Others say it violates the church’s stance on transparency. Read More

In a video file image, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, at podium, delivers a statement from the Council of Bishops about the formation of the Commission on a Way Forward during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Way Forward gets input on church future

The commission asked various United Methodists to describe their preferences regarding the extent of the inclusion of LGBTQ people within the church. Read More

Members of the Council of Bishops listen as Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a statement about sexuality and the church from the Council at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. The Council of Bishops has called a special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019 to take up bishops’ proposals related to church unity and homosexuality. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Bishops set date for special 2019 General Conference

The special meeting will deal solely with the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, charged with finding ways to foster church unity amid deep differences around homosexuality. Read More

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward meet in small groups during their April 6-8 meeting in Washington, D.C. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops

Way Forward group ponders structural changes

As the commission works toward church unity, some members say the group is contemplating “loosening the connection.” Read More

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward worshipped with staff of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries at their Ash Wednesday service, March 1, at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Photo by Diane Degnan, United Methodist Communications.

Way Forward group looking to get feedback

Commission members have a broad desire for the church to stay in connection and expect that connection to look very different in the near future. Read More

The Commission on a Way Forward sees hope for unity in The United Methodist Church. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Way Forward commissioners share prayers, hopes

Commission members, charged with dealing with church unity and the homosexuality debate, talked about where they see potential points of agreement. Read More

After bishops announced the Commission on a Way Forward membership, United Methodists raise concerns about who is and is not at the table. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Reaction to Way Forward Commission members

Some greet the new body with cautious optimism while others question who won’t be in the room. Read More

Delegates and visitors listen to debate about petitions at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Maile Bradfield, UMNS

Bishops name commission members

The Commission on the Way Forward is charged with healing divisions related to homosexuality. Bishops appointed more laity to the commission after concerns raised. Read More