2/28/2019: Response from the Western Jurisdiction UMC Bishops
following the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference -
2/27/2019: So....what happened at the 2019 Special Session
of the UMC General Conference?
VIDEO RESOURCES to help explain the upcoming Special Conference in St. Louis, MO on Feb 23-26!
Mountain Sky pastor, A.J. Bush, along with other staff, has created a series of videos to help explain the Special Session of General Conference in 2019. Feel free to share these with your congregation or ministry.
- General Conference Explained
- Commission on a Way Forward
- Special Session Explained
- Things to Keep in Mind
- Mountain Sky on the Way Forward: Bishop Oliveto explains
For more info, please visit the Mountain Sky Conference site!
'We Pray with Her' features Mountain Sky Conference women
Mountain Sky News, September 18, 2018. In early September, Abingdon Press released "We Pray with Her: Encouragement for All Women Who Lead." This book focuses on women's empowerment, encouragement and growth. Several women of the Mountain Sky Conference contributed to "We Pray with Her," including the Rev. Kerry Greenhill, Melissa Engel, and Laura Rossbert.
When asked about her contributions, Greenhill spoke of the empowerment the book provides: "The online community that birthed the project and the encouragement that we offered one another were life-giving for me during a time when the public discourse in this country was becoming more dismissive and demeaning of women in leadership." She continued, "It matters to me that our book not only affirms women's leadership, but expresses the ways God speaks to and through women amidst our experiences of call, struggle, courage, resistance, and persistence."
Greenhill contributed to the book for many reasons, "because I wanted to share some of the ways God has taught me through both challenges and blessings."
Greenhill, along with women across the connection aim to encourage female leadership in years to come. Greenhill closed, "I wanted to support both current and future generations of women."
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Mountain Sky Conference NEWS
The Way Forward Report has been released in all four languages of the General Conference (English, French, Portuguese and Swahili). The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The 32-member Commission was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.
NOTE: The report is 93 pages long and if you have trouble opening it, you will need to download/install Adobe Reader first (it's free)
Way Forward Report.pdf
If you'd like to read a shorter version, the three proposed plans under consideration in The Way Forward Report were summarized by the Methodist News Service as follows: