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United Methodist Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2016
Update on Commission on a Way Forward
Overwhelming response delays appointments
Washington, D.C.: The Council of Bishops’ Executive Committee says that an overwhelming number of nominations for the Commission on a Way Forward has delayed the appointment of Commission members. More time is needed for all nominees to be given adequate consideration.
“We are well along in prayerfully vetting each of the nominees to create a Commission that reflects the global and theological diversity of the church, as well as Commission membership that is truly open to finding a way forward,” said Bishop Bruce R. Ough, President of the Council of Bishops. “However, the enormity of the task, the desire to do it well and the urgency of beginning this work all need to be balanced.”
The Executive Committee will meet next by conference call on September 9 to consider a proposed list of 20-25 Commission members. Once the Executive Committee agrees on a final membership list, the full Council will be given an opportunity to approve the commission membership.
“I am still very hopeful we can assemble the Commission and begin its work this fall,” Bishop Ough said. “In the meantime, I urge the entire church to join the bishops in praying our way forward.”
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