Way Forward Press Releases

View an interactive timeline of the road to the Special Session of General Conference 2019. 


Legislative committee passes Traditional Plan

The Traditional Plan won approval in the General Conference legislative committee, clearing a major hurdle in The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking body. Read More


Pensions, Traditional Plan top priority votes for GC committee

Petitions about pensions and the Traditional Plan topped the list of priorities for what General Conference delegates will work on in their legislative committee. Read More


Court cites 2016 decision in query at GC2019

Judicial Council says Decision 1321 addresses potential conflicts in the Book of Discipline about the authority of General Conference and that of annual conferences. Read More


GC2019 delegates hear Way Forward report

Bishop Kenneth Carter opened the second day of General Conference with a sermon on the mission of the church, then delegates heard the Way Forward report. Read More


Many arrive to witness United Methodist history

By late Feb. 23, some 3,000 observers had registered to attend the legislative assembly, and many came to watch the events in person. Read More


One Church Plan rally draws overflow crowd

During an event Saturday night, supporters extolled the GC2019 proposal, saying it keeps The United Methodist church together. Read More


Sweet hours of prayer begin General Conference 2019

United Methodists from around the globe spent hours in prayer for the church before beginning the hard work of reviewing church policy regarding homosexuality. View


Good News General Conference 2019 breakfast draws big crowd

A breakfast hosted by Good News, an unofficial traditional caucus of The United Methodist Church, drew an overflow crowd on the first day of General Conference. View


LGBTQ voices heard at pre-General Conference event

A gathering on the eve of the 2019 General Conference featured openly gay delegates and others supporting full inclusion of LGBTQ people in The United Methodist Church. View


 

Proposed exit plans part of GC2019 petitions

Several of the petitions going to the special session attempt to map a graceful exit if the church splits over homosexuality. Read More


Panel clarifies options for General Conference

Reference committee meets to decide which petitions are ‘in harmony’ for legislative gathering to address unity amid conflict over homosexuality. Read More


Pacific Islanders focus on divide over sexuality

A December gathering at Claremont School of Theology featured a serious conversation on the church's division over human sexuality issues. Read More


LGBTQ churchgoers wary of bishops’ letter

The Council of Bishops addressed the global LGBTQ community. But the letter disappointed a number of its intended readers. Read More


Korean United Methodists and bishops struggle to find a way forward

Bishops hear concerns from Korean United Methodists about the One Church Plan. Read More


Delegation chairs look toward General Conference

As crucial meeting looms, 'team captains' of conference delegations are well aware of church's hopes, fears. Read More


Judicial Council sets February docket

When the United Methodist Judicial Council holds a special session in February, the agenda will include its first administrative appeal. Read More


Bishops’ website spotlights One Church Plan

Bishops who support the One Church Plan debut a website with information on the proposal, which will be among other legislation submitted to the 2019 special General Conference. Read More


Opinions still vary on the Way Forward

The special called session of the General Conference — set for Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis — will attempt to find common ground on the issue of same-sex marriage and ordination of... Read More


Bishops urge trust in GC2019 delegates

The Council of Bishops discussed their role at the special General Conference during their recent meeting at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island, Ga. Read More


Bishops called to ‘scriptural imagination’

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr. delivers his first address to his episcopal colleagues as Council of Bishops president at United Methodist retreat center on St. Simons Island, Ga. Read More


Gauging the Way Forward’s impact on mission

Ahead of the special General Conference, United Methodist leaders discussed what proposals could mean for the work of agencies and other churchwide initiatives. Read More


Court ruling propels GC2019 strategizing

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Jr., president of the denomination's Council of Bishops, addresses the United Methodist Judicial Council recent meeting in Zurich, Switzerland. Read More


Up to bishops to shape Way Forward ideas

In a conference call, Bishop Ken Carter stressed that the Commission on a Way Forward serves the bishops, as it seeks to find a way through the denomination’s impasse. Read More


Pre-registration for GC2019 now available

Guests and observers to the 2019 special General Conference can now pre-register online. Registration is required to attend the General Conference sessions, which will be held in St. Louis Feb. 23-26. Early registration is available through Jan. 31.
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Statement from the Council of Bishops regarding the Judicial Council Decision

In service to the delegates of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference, the Council of Bishops asked for a declaratory decision of the Judicial Council regarding the constitutionality of the three plans contained in the report of the Commission on a Way Forward. Read press release


Court: One Church Plan largely constitutional

A review of possible plans for the future direction of The United Methodist Church found the One Church Plan to be largely constitutional, said a decision released Oct. 26 by the denomination’s top court. Read more


Court asked to rule on validity of plans

The United Methodist Church’s top court was urged during an oral hearing to rule in advance on the constitutionality of proposed legislation that will come before a special legislative session in February. Read more


Spanish translation of Way Forward report released

A Spanish translation of the Commission on a Way Forward report is now available. The Rev. Francisco Cañas said the translation was a joint effort of the Council of Bishops, MARCHA (Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic/Latino Americans) and the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries. Read report in Spanish


Single legislative committee to allow for full delegate participation

Meeting October 4-5, 2018 in St. Simons Island, Ga., the Commission on the General Conference adopted a plan for the legislative structure of the Special Session of the 2019 General Conference. Read more


African bishops won’t support call for dissolution of UMC

Bishops in Africa have resolved not to support any proposed legislation that calls for splitting The United Methodist Church over the issue of human sexuality, according to a statement released on Monday, September 24, 2018. Read more


Commission on the General Conference determines petition process

The Commission on the General Conference has outlined a process for determining if petitions submitted to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference are in harmony with the Council of Bishops’ amended call to the session...Read more


Commission on a Way Forward: 5 things you need to know

As a United Methodist, you may have heard about some of the things happening in our church today around the issues of human sexuality, and the work being done by a group called the Commission on a Way Forward. Their...Read more


Way Forward report released in all four official languages of General Conference

The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in all four official languages of the General Conference: English, French, Portuguese and Swahili.  The report will be presented to the 2019 Special...Read more


Court docket details proposed plans for UMC

The first public details of proposed legislation setting out three proposals for resolving the denomination’s differences over homosexuality are included in the United Methodist Judicial Council’s October docket. Read more


Commission reverses special session registration fees

Thanks to a $450,000 grant from United Methodist Communications (UMCom) and budget reductions identified by the General Council of Finance and Administration (GCFA) and General Conference staff, there will be no... Read more


Bishops seek court ruling on Way Forward plans

The United Methodist Council of Bishops has asked the denomination’s top court to rule on the constitutionality of some of the legislation heading to the 2019 special General Conference. Delegates to the special session... Read more


UMC Bishops amend call for 2019 Special Session of General Conference

The Council of Bishops (COB) has amended its call for the Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, in response to Judicial Council... Read more


Commission on a Way Forward releases final videos for 2019 General Conference

The Commission on a Way Forward has released the final two videos of a series that the Commission hopes will inform The United Methodist Church on its processes and work done... Read more | Watch videos on Mountain Sky Videos page


Commission offers video resources for UMC, delegates to 2019 General Conference

The Commission on a Way Forward is offering several videos that document the experiences, hopes, dreams, concerns, approach, and learnings of the 32-member Commission, which recently completed its report that will be... Read more


Petition submission for 2019 Special Session begins soon

Petitions for the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church may be submitted to the petitions secretary beginning June 6, 2018 until July 8, 2018. Read more


Bishops clarify statement on Commission on a Way Forward recommendation

The Council of Bishops is issuing the following statement, written by the bishops who served on the Commission on a Way Forward, and approved by the Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops... Read more


Commission ends its work; hears bishops’ recommendation for a way forward

The Commission met nine times over 17 months. The Commission reviewed a wide variety of petitions presented as legislation to previous General Conferences regarding human sexuality... Read more


United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward

United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward.  At the conclusion of the discernment process, the Council of Bishops strongly approved the following motion and rationale... Read more


UMC Bishops to act on three major issues at Chicago meeting

The bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet in Chicago from April 29-May 4 to celebrate leadership through the passing of the gavel, certify constitutional amendments and finalize their recommendations to the 2019... Read more


Commission members grateful to serve, complete work on final report

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward expressed gratitude at the opportunity to be part of the Commission and they signaled hope for The United Methodist Church as they... Read more


Bishops, leaders of UMC-related institutions optimistic of denomination’s future

Several leaders of United Methodist Church-related institutions recently met in Dallas where they voiced optimism and are preparing for possible changes in the global denomination that could occur as a... Read more


Commission on a Way Forward meets March 19-22 to prepare final report

The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward will meet in Los Angeles on March 19-22 to prepare a final report to be submitted to the Council of the Bishops for... Read more


Commission on a Way Forward clarifies values as it presents two sketches to bishops

The Council of Bishops, receiving an updated report from the Commission on a Way Forward, pondered the question of what is the Christ's way forward for doing mission and ministry... Read more


Bishops to receive, discuss updated report from Commission on a Way Forward

With attention on the missional and theological foundations of The United Methodist Church, the Council of Bishops is preparing to receive an updated report from the Commission on a Way... Read more


Commission on a Way Forward prepares updated report to bishops

The Commission on a Way Forward is nearing the completion of its task of making recommendations of possible ways forward for The United Methodist Church regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ... Read more


Bishops uphold values of mission, unity, space, contextuality in interim report on Way Forward work

The Council of Bishops is exploring sketches of three models as possible directions for a way forward for The United Methodist Church. Read More


Commission on a Way Forward drafts interim report to the bishops

Commission members agreed on presenting an interim report that emphasizes the need for unity of the UMC, yet recognizing the different theological understandings on LGBTQ identity. Read More


Commission on a Way Forward working on interim report to bishops

The Commission began its sixth meeting on October 30, 2017, with a devotion that challenged the members to be as one in the body of Christ. Read More


Commission starts to sketch options for the way forward

The Commission on a Way Forward has started sketching models to share with the Council of Bishops as options for finding a way forward for The United Methodist Church (UMC)... Read More


Commission on a Way Forward prepares for critical meeting in Berlin

United Methodists asked to continue to pray for the Commission members as they work to discern options for a way forward Read More


Commission on a Way Forward issues status report

The Commission on a Way Forward has released a status report updating the church and the leaders on the faithful work of the Commission after four meetings. Read More


Commission on a Way Forward meets in Chicago

The Commission on a Way Forward held its fourth meeting on July 19-21 at the Wespath building in Chicago, Illinois. Read More


Commission on a Way Forward to meet in Chicago next month

The Commission on a Way Forward will convene in Chicago July 19-21 to continue its work concerning human sexuality and exploring options for the future of The United Methodist Church... Read More


Commission on a Way Forward optimistic of future, delves into tough task

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward, in a recent meeting in Washington, D.C., expressed optimism at reaching consensus on a plan or plans to guide the Council... Read More


Commission moves onward and forward

Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia this week, the Commission on a Way Forward continued to make progress towards completing the groundwork for their task. Read More


Commission on a Way Forward convenes in Atlanta

The second meeting of the Commission on a Way Forward got underway in Atlanta February 27, as commission members spent time in reflection, discussion and work team meetings. Read More


Commission on a Way Forward holds organizational meeting

The Commission on a Way Forward held its first meeting in Atlanta, Georgia January 23-26, 2017, with 32 members from nine countries in attendance. Read More


Praying Our Way Forward Phase 2 Commences January 1

The second phase of the "Praying Our Way Forward" initiative will be launched New Year’s Day with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. The 18 month effort... Read More


Council of Bishops Names 32 Commission Members

The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced the membership of the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More


Visit the Commission on a Way Forward site here for additional updates.