Seeing a Way Forward Series

“Seeing a Way Forward”is  a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. Video image courtesy of United Methodist News Service.

Many United Methodists feel uncertainty as the denomination heads toward the special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019. 

United Methodist News Service is featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward in this special series.

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Many United Methodists feel anxiety as the denomination heads toward a special General Conference in 2019. Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, president-designate of the Council of Bishops, offers her thoughts on where we are as a church. Harvey appears in the first installment of “Seeing a Way Forward,” a series of UM News videos discussing the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.

Seeing a Way Forward:
Bishop Harvey

As we head toward special General Conference 2019, UM News will highlight bishops' perspectives on where we are as a denomination, starting with Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey.
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Video image of Bishop Christian Alsted, courtesy of United Methodist News Service. Alsted spoke with UM News as part of a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.

Seeing a Way Forward:
Bishop Alsted

As the denomination approaches the 2019 special General Conference, Bishop Christian Alsted says the way to maintain relationships in the church is to continue talking to one another.
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Bishop John Yambasu gives the sermon during morning worship May 19 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Seeing a Way Forward:
Bishop Yambasu

As the denomination approaches the 2019 special General Conference, Sierra Leone Bishop John Yambasu feels that despite the anxiety over the church’s future, God is still in control.
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West Virginia Conference’s Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball talks about the Way Forward process and offers brief overviews of the three plans being considered by the 2019 special General Conference. “Seeing a Way Forward” is a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. Video image courtesy of the West Virginia Conference.

Seeing a Way Forward:
Bishop Steiner Ball

West Virginia Conference’s Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball talks about the Way Forward process and offers brief overviews of the three plans being considered.
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Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a statement about sexuality and the church from the denomination's Council of Bishops on May 18 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Seeing a Way Forward:
Bishop Ough

Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce Ough discusses the commission’s work and his hopes for the upcoming special 2019 General Conference.
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The Rev. Gary Graves, secretary of the General Conference, shares some of the questions he’s been hearing about the special called General Conference taking place in February 2019. Graves spoke with UM News as part of “Seeing a Way Forward,” a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. Video image courtesy of United Methodist News Service.

Seeing a Way Forward:
The Rev. Graves

How does GC2019 relate to GC2020? What are the differences? These are some of the questions addressed by the Rev. Gary Graves, secretary of the General Conference, for our video series.
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Bishop Thomas Bickerton speaks during the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Seeing a Way Forward:
Bishop Bickerton

A member of the commission that plans the General Conference, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton encourages leaders to approach their work in the right frame of mind, body and spirit to make the best decisions.
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Bishop Kenneth H. Carter answers questions during a press conference about the United Methodist Church's Way Forward plan to address how the denomination ministers with LGBTQ individuals at the conclusion of the church's Council of Bishops meeting in Chicago in May 2018. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Seeing a Way Forward:
Bishop Carter

The president of the Council of Bishops shares some of the questions he’s been hearing about the special called General Conference taking place in February, 2019. 
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Bishop Kenneth H. Carter answers questions during a press conference about the United Methodist Church's Way Forward plan to address how the denomination ministers with LGBTQ individuals at the conclusion of the church's Council of Bishops meeting in Chicago in May 2018. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Seeing a Way Forward:
The Rev. Tom Lambrecht

Vice president of Good News and a member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association leadership council, the Rev. Lambrecht gives insight into the Traditional Plan and Modified Traditional Plans.
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Rev. Tom Berlin is a native of Winchester, Virginia, and is a graduate of Virginia Tech and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. In his current appointment, Tom serves as the Lead Pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia.

Seeing a Way Forward:
The Rev. Tom Berlin

A member of the Commission on a Way Forward, the Rev. Berlin explains that the One Church Plan tries to allow different people to “exercise their own judgment in their cultural context.”
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Patricia L. Miller is executive director of the United Methodist Confessing Movement and also served on the Commission on a Way Forward. She submitted the legislation for the Connectional Conference Plan to General Conference.  Miller spoke with UM News as part of “Seeing a Way Forward,” a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.

Seeing a Way Forward:
Patricia L. Miller

Patricia L. Miller explains why the Connectional Conference Plan is meant to provide the “most space between theological differences” while maintaining unity. 
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The Rev. Alex da Silva Souto is a co-author of the Simple Plan, which eliminates all restrictions in the Book of Discipline related to the practice of homosexuality, and Karen G. Prudente is a co-signer.

Seeing a Way Forward:
The Rev. Alex da Silva Souto & Karen Prudente

The Rev. Souto is a co-author of the Simple Plan, which eliminates all restrictions in the Book of Discipline related to the practice of homosexuality. Karen G. Prudente is a co-signer.
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Seeing a Way Forward:
The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai 

The Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai, chief connectional ministries officer for the Connectional Table, reminds all United Methodists that once the conference ends, God will still be calling them to mission in the world.

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Bishop Scott Jones speaks during an oral hearing of the Judicial Council on May 22, 2018, in Evanston, Ill. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS. 

Seeing a Way Forward:
Bishop Scott Jones

In the midst of conflict over the church’s stance on homosexuality, Texas Conference Bishop Scott Jones maintains a hope for unity.

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The Rev. Maxie Dunnam speaks Jan. 12, 2014, in Atlanta at the inaugural gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Network. Photo by Steve Beard/Good News Magazine. 

Seeing a Way Forward:
The Rev. Maxie Dunnam

The Rev. Maxie Dunnam, president emeritus of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, submitted the Modified Traditional Plan.

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Seeing a Way Forward:
Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco

Manila Area Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco hopes everyone will arrive at the special called 2019 General Conference with “open minds and open hearts.”

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Seeing a Way Forward:
The Rev Forbes Matonga

The Rev. Forbes Matonga discusses possible implications that decisions made at the special 2019 General Conference could have for The United Methodist Church in Africa.

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The Rev. Maxie Dunnam, video image by United Methodist News Service

Seeing a Way Forward:
The Rev. Chris Ritter

The Rev. Chris Ritter helped write language that was eventually included in the Connectional Conference Plan.

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