Prepping for Annual Conference: A Mountain Sky Area Book Study With the Bishop

May 15, 2017

Unafraid and Unashamed: Facing the Future of United Methodism by Wil Cantrell

  • May 23 at 8 p.m.: A conversation with the author
  • May 30 at 8 p.m.: A conversation with one another
I want to invite you to join me in a book study as we prepare for Annual Conference. These days we are living in as United Methodists haven’t been easy. We find ourselves on pins and needles as we wonder if The United Methodist Church will turn into the Untied Methodist Church when the special session of General Conference occurs in February 2019. At that time, the delegates will receive a report from the Commission on a Way Forward presenting their proposal for how we can live together in the face of our differences regarding human sexuality.

In many ways, we have been ground zero for these discussions and deliberations. The Mountain Sky Area has had a long history of wrestling together over matters related to ministry and homosexuality. The conversations haven’t always been easy, but they have been important as we seek to understand God’s Word for our day and place.

The Mountain Sky Area cabinet and I have been reading Unafraid and Unashamed: Facing the Future of United Methodism by Wil Cantrell. Rev. Cantrell writes as one who loves The United Methodist Church. He provides a historical overview of how we got to where we are today, but then, more importantly, provides a framework of how our theological strengths can help us through this time, if we choose it.

With a commitment to humility and truly hearing one another, Cantrell reminds us of the essentials within our Wesleyan heritage. He doesn’t provide an easy answer for the conflict and reminds us that depending on how we decide to move forward, we may choose untied instead of united, but Cantrell helps us have gracefilled conversations with one another, even in the face of our differences.

Rev. Cantrell will join us for a Zoom conversation on May 23 at 8 p.m. To join this hour-long conversation:

The following week on May 30 at 8 p.m., we will continue the conversation.

Please read the book before joining the conversation! The book is available on Amazon and is a very engaging, quick read.

Bishop Karen Oliveto