Bishop to explore Way Forward at district town hall events

Bishop Peggy Johnson will visit the four districts Sept. 24 to Oct. 3 for town hall meetings to discuss the UMC’s Way Forward proposals and prospects that a special called General Conference will decide among on Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo.

Several districts and at least one Mission ConneXion have held dialogues. The most recent was Wednesday, Sept. 12, when 85 South District clergy gathered around tables for “respectful dialogue” on the Way Forward reports.

“Our pastors shared their core convictions and their hopes for our denomination,” reported the Rev. Dawn Taylor-Storm, District Superintendent. “Their time together was bathed in prayer; and we focused on God’s constant reminder to ‘not be afraid.’”

The clergy also shared why they remain in the UMC, she continued. “Their answers included: ‘our Wesleyan theology of grace;’ ‘this is my home;’ ‘because we are not islands unto ourselves, but we live and serve together;’ and ‘we are a people who value mission.’” Many of their answers echoed those shared at other recent dialogues.

At the town hall meetings, Bishop Johnson will offer the latest information and her insights, while responding to questions raised there and offered in previous dialogues. All conference members are invited and urged to attend any of the district meetings.

Meanwhile, members can find a page full of links to Resources on UMC Way Forward on the conference website, accessible from the INFORM section on our homepage. Those resources include: