WASHINGTON, D.C. – The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in English, French, Portuguese and Swahili; all four official languages of the General Conference. The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Subject to final copy editing, the report will be printed in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) in November. Here is a statement from the moderators of the Commission and the President of the Council of Bishops on the release of the report:
“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
Media Contact: Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga
Director of Communications – Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church
From the devotional archives – September 12, 2017
It’s another day. You may be excited about what awaits you, struggling because you are dealing with something painful or wondering whether this day is going to be as boring as the last ten. But there’s something you need to know about today. You are going to have a special God moment because God wants to meet you where you are, touch you in a powerful way and fill you with divine love that transforms your life. So look for it. When you most expect it. When you can’t believe it. But especially when you need it most.
From the devotional archives – September 20, 2017
God has hardwired you to love life, love other people and, most of all, love God. This reality forges your identity, defines your purpose and, ultimately, brings about your healing. It means the way beyond your fear, frustration, anger, anxiety or brokenness goes right through the heart of God. Not because you are able to travel it on your own. But because God guides you exactly where you need to go. So take a step of faith right now by letting God take your hand and lead you where your broken heart needs to go.
From the devotional archives – October 15, 2017
Sometimes I’m so caught up in ‘me’ that I forget to begin with ‘Thee’. I’m not proud of that. In fact, I despise it.
Yet, Lord, You don’t start with my ‘me-ness’, but rather with Your amazing grace. Grace that takes the initiative. Grace that reaches out. Grace that embraces me as I am where I am. And grace that forgives, heals and transforms me.
So thank You, Lord. I worship You. I adore You. I praise You. And I will seek to give You my heart, mind and spirit. Fully. Completely. Totally. Today and every day.
For it is the least I can do.