A Way Forward: General Conference 2019

Discussions on “The Way Forward” 

Sunday afternoons 4:00 – 5:30 October 28, November 4 and 11

How can Christians make life and community work when they disagree, sometimes quite deeply?”  That question is at the heart of a three-part series entitled ‘A Way Forward’ that will  e  offered on the Edenton Street campus.  As the General Conference of the United Methodist Church prepares to meet in February of 2019  to discern a ‘Way Forward’ in regards to our denomination’s ministry with/alongside LGBTQI persons, it is imperative that we similarly engage in a season of prayerful discernment as a congregation.  

We invite you to join us on the from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in Kerr Hall as we hear from theologians, clergy and lay leaders who have devoted their life to leading local churches through navigating conflict and loving all people faithfully.

10/28- Rev Gray Southern,  Capital District Supt. and delegation leader for NC Conference delegates to General Conference.  He will share an overview of the process, how the General Conference will work and share some history about how the Methodist Church has dealt with controversial issues in the past. 

11/4- Dr. Randy Maddox, ordained Methodist minister and professor of Wesleyan and Methodist studies at Duke Divinity School, will speak about our Methodist heritage and the study of scripture from the Wesleyan perspective.  

11/11- Rev. Paul Stallworth, Whiteville UMC; Rev. Laurie Hays Coffman, Chaplain at Croasdaile Village in Durham; and ESUMC’s Sam Isley will discuss the topic and model how Christians can dialogue on important issues, even when they disagree.

+++++Additionally, resources are available from the Conference library, located at the NC Conference Building in Garner.  For titles and resources, click here