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Dec. 2018 -- Bishop Sharma D. Lewis sends letter to clergy and laity in the Virginia Conference
Laity Letter  
Clergy Letter  

Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Tom Berlin
The Rev. Tom Berlin, lead pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia, was a member of the Commission on a Way Forward and submitted the One Church Plan legislation to General Conference. Berlin spoke with United Methodist News as part of “Seeing a Way Forward,” a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. Click here to watch videos.

Comparison of GC2019 Plans
Many documents exist online that compare the features of the One Church Plan, the Connectional Conference Plan, and the Traditionalist Plan. This one was created by Dave Nuckols who is a member of the Commission on a Way Forward. The chart compares critical facets of the plans submitted to General Conference by the Commission. The redlined text reflects sections of the plans ruled unconstitutional by the Judicial Council (October 2018). Click here to view chart (pdf)

November 2018
Bishop Carter: 'One Church Plan creates a home for everyone'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr., episcopal leader of the Florida Conference and president of the Council of Bishops, also served as a moderator for the Commission on a Way Forward. He shares some concerns he’s heard and talks about the effect the three plans might have at the local church level. Carter spoke with United Methodist News Service as part of “Seeing a Way Forward,” a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.
Watch videos    
Seeing a Way Forward series   
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Sept. 26, 2018 Q&A Livestream
Click here to view the livestream of the Sept. 26, 2018 Question and Answer session with Bishop Lewis, the  Rev. Tom Berlin and Ms. Martha Stokes.
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June 2018
Click here to view Tom Berlin's presentation at the 2018 Annual Conference session (this video is on Vimeo and may be uploaded)
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The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church.

Learn more about the Commission, catch the latest news and review moderator updates. Contact email is wayforward@umcom.org.

On January, 24, 2018 a livestream related to the work of the Commission on a Way Forward and the 2019 General Conference was presented from the Virginia United Methodist Center.  The livestream included:
* How to have conversations on difficult topics in the local church
* Resources to discuss LGBTQ inclusion in the local church
* A review of the work of the Commission on a Way Forward and what will happen between now and the called 2019 session of General Conference.
The Rev. Tom Berlin, a member of the Commission on a Way Forward, was the presenter for this training event. 

Resources for and after the livestream event:
     Dialoguing with Dignity Curriculum (pdf)
     Train the Trainer Resources (pdf) 
     Dialoguing with Dignity PowerPoint Presentation (pdf)
     Dialoguing with Dignity PowerPoint 
     Timline to 2019 Special General Conference (pdf)
     FAULTLINES: Holy Conversations about Human Sexuality and The United Methodist Church (pdf)
     The Anatomy of Peace Study and Discussion Guide (pdf)

The livestream includes: how to have conversations on difficult topics in the local church, resources to discuss LGBTQ inclusion in the local church, and a review of the work of the Commission on a Way Forward and what will happen between now and the called 2019 session of General Conference.

Name Owner Date  
Bishop Lewis' Letter to Laity, Dec. 2018   Supervisor User 12/12/2018 3:18:43 PM    
Preparing for General Conference 2019

Bishop Lewis' Letter to Clergy Dec. 2018   Supervisor User 12/12/2018 3:17:52 PM    
Preparing for General Conference 2019

Comparison of GC2019 Plans   Bren Capen 11/28/2018 8:41:28 AM    

Way Forward report released in 4 languages   Supervisor User 7/31/2018 12:35:23 PM    

Tom Berlin's Annual Conference PowerPoint   Supervisor User 6/15/2018 1:18:36 PM    

Bishops Clarify Statement on recommendation   Supervisor User 5/18/2018 6:39:59 PM    
Bishops clarify statement on Commission on a Way Forward recommendation

Commission ends work   Supervisor User 5/17/2018 3:00:32 PM    
Commission ends its work; hears bishops’ recommendation for a way forward

United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward   Supervisor User 5/4/2018 4:45:01 PM    

Commission members complete work on final report   Supervisor User 3/23/2018 11:03:34 AM    
March 23: Commission members grateful to serve, complete work on final report

Commission to meet March 19-22 to prepare report   Supervisor User 3/19/2018 9:43:11 AM    
 
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