Greetings from Chicago where I am meeting with my colleague United Methodist bishops from around the globe. We have come together from all corners of Africa, the Philippines, Europe and the United States.
The task before the Council of Bishops during this meeting is a significant one that will impact the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. This week we will receive and act upon the report of the Commission on a Way Forward, a group of 32 persons and three moderators who have met eight times in the past 15 months to discern a way forward in the United Methodist Church’s conflict about understandings of human sexuality and unity.
Many of you have asked me how I feel as I go into this Council of Bishops meeting. This is a great question, especially in a time of high anxiety in the church. Indeed, my colleagues and I feel the weight of the importance of this particular Council of Bishops meeting. In addition to “feeling the weight,” I have several other responses to the question about how I feel.
We entered deliberations as a Council of Bishops today. I will share the outcome of our work when it is ready to be made public. In the meantime, I am grateful, hopeful and at peace about the future of our church.
Thank you for your continued prayers. As always it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.
North Alabama Conference