GENERAL CONFERENCE 2016
General Conference, the top legislative body of The United Methodist Church and the voice of the denomination, meets every four years.
During General Conference 2016 in Portland, OR, delegates approved a proposal by the Council of Bishops to create the Commission on a Way Forward. The 32-member Commission is comprised of eight bishops, 11 laity, 11 Elders, and two Deacons representing nine countries. It is tasked with completely examining, and possibly revising, every paragraph of The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality, and exploring options to help maintain and strengthen the unity of the church.
A Special General Conference has been called for February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, MO for the purpose of acting on a report by the Council of Bishops based on the proposals from the Commission on a Way Forward.
Bishop Tracy S. Malone reminds us that, “The unity of the Church is all of our work to do. The unity of the Church is all of our conversations to have.”
To that end, the bishop created an East Ohio Conference design team that developed a process for having intentional, meaningful conference-wide conversations among clergy and laity to discern a way forward through the present impasse related to human sexuality.
Each of the scheduled conversations will begin with participants gathered together for worship a time of centering and instruction. Then participants will move to their assigned small groups for facilitated dialogue around the following four questions that were crafted by the Council of Bishops for discussion by United Methodists across the denomination:
All clergy and laity in the East Ohio Conference are invited, and encouraged, to participate in any one of the following Conversations on a Way Forward:
It is important that you register in advance for the conversation you wish to attend, as each location has a seating capacity for small group sessions. Register here.
Recommeded reading resources to prepare you for these conversations:
The East Ohio Conference Office:
located in North Canton, OH.
near the Akron-Canton airport.
8800 Cleveland Ave. NW ·
North Canton, OH 44720
Toll Free: 800-831-3972
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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