Commission on a Way Forward report with Bishop Bard
Wednesday, October 17, 7 - 9 pm
Bishop Bard will be traveling throughout Michigan this fall to discuss the final report from the Council of Bishops, rooted in the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. Our church will host him in Kalamazoo on Wed., October 17.
The One Church Model is not simply the “local option” that we have seen before. The Traditionalist Model is more than the status quo. While it retains the current language of The Book of Discipline about LGBT persons, it would both offer more stringent enforcement of those provisions and a path out of The UMC for pastors, churches, or perhaps conferences that find those statements and provisions not in keeping with their understanding of the gospel. While complex, the Connectional Conferences Model deserves a careful review simply because of its complexity.