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A Way Forward

Michigan looks to weave our future

In May 2020, hundreds of delegates will converge on Minneapolis, MN for General Conference. 

They will seek a way forward on the Church's understanding of human sexuality and its ministry with LBGTQ persons. At stake, may be the future of The United Methodist Church.

While this event may have a significant impact on the future of the global church, here in Michigan, we recently declared that we are "Better Together" in mission and ministry. We have just formed a new annual conference with a new and exciting structure for creating disciples of Jesus Christ.  That is not to say our new conference is free of disagreement.

Look for articles, videos and constantly updated resources in "A Way Forward Toolbox" at left.

Delegates and Bishops pray together during 2019 General Conference.
Delegates and bishops join in prayer at the front of the stage before a key vote on church policies about homosexuality during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. ~ umns photo/Mike DuBose

Learning to listen to one another

As Bishop David stated recently, "While most of us like to think of the opinions we hold as well-supported, well-considered and well-argued, we would also do well to acknowledge that in many of the most important things we think about, there is always room for growth and new learning. Often well-considered, well-supported and well-argued opinions become so through shared conversation and dialogue. We should, then, be people who are open to new ideas, to new ways of looking at our lives and our faith, open to conversation and dialogue."  In that spirit, Bishop David invites you into a continuing dialog. 

Weaving our future
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