North Raleigh Family,
As you may or may not be aware, there is a significant discussion going on in United Methodism concerning human sexuality, particularly around our denomination’s stance on same-sex marriage and the ordination of LGBTQ clergy.
Below you will find more detailed information about “A Way Forward,” a task force established by the Council of Bishops during the 2016 General Conference. “A Way Forward”’s purpose is to provide leadership and guidance as our denomination continues to discern God’s future for us.
“A Way Forward” is presenting options for our future that will be voted upon at a special session of General Conference in 2019.
We at North Raleigh had our District Superintendent, Reverend Gray Southern, lead us in a discussion about the different options for our denomination on Thursday, April 19, 2018. Click the button below to listen to the audio from this discussion:
More information about “A Way Forward” can be found at the following link: umc.org/who-we-are/commission-on-a-way-forward.
My prayer is that we will enter this discussion with hearts open to the Holy Spirit, Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience as we discern God’s next best step for The United Methodist Church.
It is my prayer and hope that as a denomination we may find ways to stay united in spite of the divisiveness of these issues. I invite you to learn more about the “Uniting Methodists” at: unitingmethodists.com to see one pathway forward to remain unified while respecting the views of those with whom we disagree. We also encourage you to read reflections written by various United Methodist bishops in Finding Our Way: Love and Law in The United Methodist Church.
Let us commit ourselves to prayer and support for one another as we move forward into God’s preferred future.
Grace and Peace,