In response to discussions at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference, the Council of Bishops created The Commission on a Way Forward. This body of clergy and laity from across the denomination and across the world is charged with a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the United Methodist Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality. The Commission aims to explore options that could help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church, especially exploring the denomination's stance on homosexuality.
Since January 2017, United Methodist Conferences worldwide have been engaged in praying our way forward, a vigil of prayer for the Commission's important work. For more information on the commission, please watch this video the denomination shared at the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference in May 2017. Churches of the Baltimore-Washington Conference are called to participate in the vigil during the week of July 23-29. The Commission meets just prior, July 19-21. For prayer resources from our Conference and others, please visit this link.
Here at St. Paul's we'll be lifting our hearts in prayer in worship on Sunday, July 23, and encouraging the community to continue the vigil throughout the week.