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Bishop Fairley's Holy Conversation on the work of the Commission on the Way Forward

posted on February 02

Bishop Fairley will be in the Owensboro District on Thursday, April 26 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Settle Memorial' s Multipurpose Building.to have Conversation on the work of the Commission on the Way Forward.  All clergy are encouraged to attend and bring your laity with you.  Childcare will be provided.

Taken from the Kentucky Annual Conference website.....  Please read....

Bishop Leonard Fairley and Rev. Julie Love, director of Connectional Ministries, are holding meetings in each KAC district over the next few months to discuss the Commission on the Way Forward’s work on human sexuality.

The series of meetings, titled Holy Conversation, is designed to update the public across the KAC on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. The meetings will kick off in the Lexington District on Feb. 12 and will wrap up in the South Central District on May 22. All clergy and laity are encouraged to attend.

“It’s basically a learning time about the work of the commission,” said Rev. Love, a member of the 32-member group made up of UMC clergy and laity that has been meeting periodically since January 2017 regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ people in the United Methodist Church.

The commission will make a report to the Council of Bishops ahead of a special General Conference that will take place in early 2019. The conferees then will vote on proposals that the bishops have approved. Those recommendations are still being formulated.

Bishop Fairley said the meetings are designed to update KAC clergy and laity on the commission’s work. They’re “not so much to hear our positions as to share with the people in Kentucky of our process,” the bishop said.

At each meeting, attendees will have a chance to ask questions after a presentation from the bishop and Rev. Love. There also will be a time for small-group discussion, Rev. Love said.

The bishop said the meetings are an opportunity for people to meet “in a non-anxious type of spirit” and added that he and Rev. Love welcome the opportunity to address hard but respectfully presented questions and concerns.

To that end, Rev. Love reiterated three simple ground rules they will follow at the meetings: “Do good, do no harm, and stay in love with God.”

“We’re not trying to change anyone’s mind about anything,” she said. “We’re just learning how to have a conversation.”