Final report released from the Commission on a Way Forward
Commission members say farewell to each other after their final meeting in Nashville in May.
“To the People of The United Methodist Church,
“We offer the final report of the Commission on a Way Forward, translated in the four official languages of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church: English, French, Portuguese and Swahili. In the Nicene Creed, we are taught the marks of the church—one, holy, catholic and apostolic. We are catholic in that we care not only for the parts of the church, but more significantly for the whole. We have refrained from commenting about the plans contained in this report until the time when our sisters and brothers could read this in their own first language. With this distribution, we give thanks that this work can now begin, and we can have a conversation that represents our global and catholic nature—more fully who we are as The United Methodist Church.”
Bishops Sandra Steiner Ball and David Yemba
Moderators, Commission on a Way Forward
Bishop Ken Carter
President, Council of Bishops
In a statement published on July 6, Bishop Jimmy Nunn said, "The decisions of the General Conference determine the next steps for the denomination. Whatever the outcome, I encourage us to ask ourselves, 'What is now possible because of this?' Perhaps we find ourselves at the edge of the desert on the thresh hold of a fresh encounter with God."