Bishop Bruce R. Ough invites all Minnesota United Methodists to join him in Praying our Way Forward. The denominational Praying Our Way Forward initiative launched on New Year’s Day 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. Each annual conference will spend one week in intentional prayer for the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. The effort began in the North Carolina Conference, and will wrap up in the West Angola Episcopal Area in June 2018. The Minnesota Conference's week of prayer will be Nov. 5-11, 2017.
The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference. It is tasked with working to address the denomination’s differences regarding human sexuality—more specifically, the commission was asked to do a complete examination of and possibly revise the Book of Discipline paragraphs concerning human sexuality, and explore maintaining and strengthening the unity of the church.
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While this Commission continues its work, the Council of Bishops is calling on all United Methodists to join together in prayer. Each conference is registered for a week of prayer. The Minnesota Conference has been assigned the week of Nov. 5-11, 2017. Here are three ways that you can participate:
Jasmine Rose Smothers
Jacques Umembudi Akasa
Aka Dago-Akribi Hortense
MyungRae Kim Lee
Julie Hager Love
Mande Guy Muyombo
Casey Langley Orr
John Wesley Yohanna
Alfiado S. Zunguza
Churches are encouraged to promote opportunities for members to participate in the Praying Our Way Forward initiative. Here are several resources you can download to assist with promotion.
More information and resources for organizing prayer groups within your congregation are available at umcprays.org.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church