A Way Forward

On Thursday, January 10, we hosted an opportunity for our congregation to receive information, ask questions, and share our hopes regarding our denomination’s February 2019 General Conference, which has been called to consider recommendations related to human sexuality and LGBTQ inclusion. Dr. James Howell, Will Barr, and Kate Maynard briefly reviewed the history of these issues, the alternatives to be considered at General Conference, the actions undertaken here thus far, and questions from the congregation. You can watch the recording of the conversation here.

An Important Update from Dr. Howell and Kate Maynard

View an update about what’s going on in our denomination with respect to the issues of human sexuality and LGBTQ inclusion from Dr. Howell and Kate Maynard here.

  • Read an updated letter from the Myers Park Way Forward Committee.
  • Read the letter from the Myers Park Way Forward Committee from April 25, 2018

Marriage at Myers Park

After prayer and discussion, the Staff-Parish committee affirms their support for our Myers Park Methodist clergy as they make individual decisions about whom they will marry through personal prayer and discernment. Read the full statement here.

The Bible, Homosexuality, and Christian Marriage

View a session present by James Howell regarding The Bible, homosexuality, and Christian marriage.

Homosexuality and the Church

View a session present by James Howell regarding homosexuality and the Church.

Prepare for February, 2019

Our denomination’s decision-making body, the General Conference, will hold a special meeting in February of 2019 to act on the Commission’s recommendations. We encourage you to be in prayer for this called meeting, for all of the churches represented, and for the delegates that will represent Myers Park United Methodist Church.  Additionally, you are encourage to learn more by utilizing the resources below.

Additional Resources

  • View a comparison of the plans from Uniting Methodists.
  • View remarks by Bishop Ken Carter, President of the Council of Bishops, Moderator for the Commission on a Way Forward, and Resident Bishop of the Florida Conference.  This was a presentation made to the Western North Carolina Annual Conference in June.
  • Rev. Tom Berlin, member of the Commission on a Way Forward, presented to the Virginia Annual Conference a report about the commission’s work and what to expect going into 2019.  In this video he uses people on stage to demonstrate how the different proposed models might work. The video is an hour long, but well worth it.
  • Read the full report of the Commission, released July 31
  • Read background information on Commission on the Way Forward
  • Information on the 2019 General Conference
  • Read a summary of the Three Plans
  • View additional links and videos on a variety of topics related to A Way Forward