Pursuing Unity in the United Methodist Church
As United Methodists, our foundation is a theology of grace, hearts warmed by the Holy Spirit, and an open table at Communion.
We are the people of the “extreme center,” balancing faith and works, conversion and social justice, the centrality of Scripture with tradition, reason, and experience.
We can remain one church and allow grace for a variety of opinions; in some ways we always have. We can give room for different applications of the Gospel in various contexts, as long as the fundamental values of the faith are maintained.
As John Wesley state, we can “think and let think.”
The Commission on a Way Forward was established after the 2016 General Conference to find a way forward for the United Methodist Church. Our way forward must move us beyond the continuing impasse over the nature, conditions, and extent of the inclusion of LGBTQ people within the Church: people who are loved by God and are members of our Church.
The Council’s discernment process was guided by the over-arching desire to strategically help the General Conference do its work and to honor the General Conference’s request for the Council to help the church find a way forward.
North Alabama Conference Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett on a Way Forward
What is the Commission on a Way Forward?
Bishop Tracy Malone: Update on the Commission on a Way Forward
Our UMC publishing house, Abingdon Press, has an excellent set of resources to inform and assist you in understanding and applying these Wesleyan Principles as we seek unity within our denomination.
As our denomination navigates the divisiveness that threatens to fracture our church, let us remember the sacred vows spoken during our baptism:
- To be loyal to Christ through The United Methodist Church and do all in their power to strengthen its ministries;
- To faithfully participate in its ministries by their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness;