A Way Forward

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Members of the Commission on a Way Forward converse as they complete their final commission meeting on May 23, 2018, at the Upper Room chapel in Nashville, Tenn. Photo courtesy of Maidstone Mulenga, Council of Bishops.

Unity struggle is major story of 2018

Commission on a Way Forward wraps up and The United Methodist Church prepares for momentous special meeting.
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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 submitted the legislation for the Connectional Conference Plan to General Conference. She explains why it’s meant to provide the “most space between theological differences” while maintaining unity.
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Members of the 2016-2020 Judicial Council. (From left) Front row: Deanell Reece Tacha, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran. Back row: Lydia Romão Gulele, Ruben T. Reyes, the Rev.Øyvind Helliesen, the Rev. Dennis Blackwell, and the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko. (Not pictured, Beth Capen)  Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Judicial Council sets February docket

Docket items include the first administrative appeal to come before the denomination's top court, but no reconsideration of Traditional Plan ruling.
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The special called session of the General Conference — set for Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis — will attempt to find common ground on the issue of same-sex marriage and ordination of homosexuals. Image by United Methodist News Service.

Opinions still vary on the Way Forward

A variety of plans have United Methodist champions as the church strives to find common ground on homosexual marriage and clergy.

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