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Way Forward Commission offers video resources for 2019 General Conference

 

These videos document the experiences, hopes, dreams, concerns, approach, and learnings of the 32-member Way Forward Commission, which recently completed its report that will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference of The United Methodist Church.

The purpose of the videos is to give viewers “a sense of how the Commission built relationship and community, how it developed and worked to maintain hearts of peace as we accomplished our work, and how the Commission developed the plans that the church will see in its report,” said the Commission moderators Bishops Ken Carter, Sandra Steiner Ball and David Yemba.  

The moderators hope these videos will encourage preparation for, and respond to, General Conference with a heart of peace. “We have learned that this makes all the difference in how we treat one another and therefore listen to one another.” (Read the full letter from the moderators.)

 

Gil Rendle: A parable for today
Gil Rendle, consultant for the commission, shares a story that illustrates the difference between positions and interests. When we are able to move from holding onto our positions to seeking to understand each other’s underlying interests we are better able to move forward together. (Length 5:14).

Gil provides these questions for reflection:

  • How can I become more aware of my own interests so that I am not confined from seeing more by my own position?
  • How (and with whose help) can I listen for the interests of others?

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Purpose, principles and importance of the work of the Commission on a Way Forward
Recorded during the final May 2018 Commission meeting of the Commission on A Way Forward, this video gives an in depth theological and technical overview of the work of the commission and helps frame the work of the delegates to the February 2019 General Conference. (Length 54:18).

Gil Rendle provides these questions for reflection:

  • What is the new way in which I should approach my leadership in shaping the future mission of the church?
  • Who should I seek to serve in my decision making about the future?
  • What are the values that will best serve the purpose of the whole church in the future?

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Reflections on the book, "The Anatomy of Peace"
Bishop Grant Hagiya, a member of the Commission on A Way Forward, shares why the principles of this book help us make a fundamental shift from battleground to a place where people can have open and honest dialogue with one another. (Length 5:44)

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Reflections on the work and relationships formed while serving on the Commission
Commission members Donna Pritchard (clergy, Pacific Northwest Conference), Tom Salsgiver (clergy, Susquehanna Conference) and Leah Taylor (laity, Texas Conference) reflect on their work, the value of connection and the relationships they formed during their time together. (Length 7:02)

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Commission on A Way Forward moderators overview
Bishops Sandra Steiner Ball, David Yemba and Ken Carter share an overview of their role as moderators for the Commission and how service was a primary focus. (Length 5:35).

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Commission members and SEJ clergy Jasmine Smothers, Julie Hager Love and Tom Berlin reflect on their experience and their hopes for the future of the United Methodist Church. (Length 5:46).

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Dave Nuckols (laity, Minnesota) and Helen Cunanan (clergy, Philippines) discuss the Commssion and share their experiences from very different places in the world. (Length 7:50).

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Commision members Bishops Gregory Palmer and Robert Schnase talk about how the work of the Commission points to the larger mission of The United Methodist Church. (Length 5:35).

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Patricia Miller, Executive Director of the Confessing Movement, and Matt Berryman, former Executive Director of Reconciling Ministries Network, talk about their friendship and their experiences serving together on the Commission. (Length 7:55)

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Commission members Mazvita Machinga (laity, Zimbabwe East Conference), David Field (laity, Swiss Conference), and Myungrae Kim Lee (laity, New York Conference), share their thoughts about the work of the Commission. (Length 10:56)

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