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Prayer has always been at the heart of the Way Forward process.  And as we approach the Special Session of the General Conference we are asked that our members here at Sterling UMC and across the world pray each day from 2:23-2:26, numbers which correspond to the dates of February 23-26, 2019 for the delegates in attendance and The United Methodist Church.

The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This mission begins with and belongs to God…All people everywhere…need God’s mission of reconciliation, healing, and restoration…( From the Missional Framework/Unity in Mission, COMMISSION ON A WAY FORWARD’S REPORT to the GENERAL CONFERENCE)

A Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church will take place February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri to consider the Church’s position on human sexuality. The General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church globally and brings together about 1,000 church delegates from four continents.  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 Commission on a Way Forward was authorized to examine paragraphs in The United Methodist Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and to explore options to strengthen church unity that could result in rewriting certain sections.

There are four proposals:

The detail of each proposal is too much to outline here and you are encouraged to view the links provided to read each plan.

Additional information can be found on the Virginia Conference United Methodist Church website(vaumc.org).

The people of Sterling United Methodist Church hold diverse views on a variety of subjects.    There are many “hot-button” societal and political issues on which we disagree.  However, we choose to be in community with one another despite those differences of opinion.    We value civility, one-ness in Christ and the mission of the Church.

It is important to note that debate on this issue has been ongoing for some years and it is very possible that no conclusive agreement will be reached at this session allowing the discussion to continue.  Depending on the outcome of the special session, we will schedule our own session to discuss the views or our congregation here at Sterling UMC.

Sterling UMC is a community church and all are welcome to be our guest, attend our services and support our mission efforts. For updates on upcoming events, activities and services visit our website or subscribe to our weekly email newsletter.

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