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Unity in the United Methodist Church. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Summaries of the Way Forward Commission Report


The full report of the Commission on the Way Forward merits reading by United Methodists across the connection. Consider using these summaries to introduce the Commission’s work and the plans included in the report as well as in settings where it is not feasible to read the document in its entirety.

View and download the summaries (PDF) below.


Overview of work of the commission

In nine meetings over 17 months, 32 United Methodists from around the world engaged in conferencing to offer the church a way forward from its theological impasse over human sexuality.



One Church Plan summary

The majority of the members of the Commission on a Way Forward and of the Council of Bishops recommend this plan.



Connectional Conference Plan summary

Numerous amendments to the church’s constitution would be required to enact this plan based on conferences based on theological perspectives rather than geography.



Traditional Plan summary

The plan affirms current disciplinary language and provides for strict enforcement of bans and the gracious exit of those unwilling to abide by them.