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South Central Jurisdictional General Conference Delegate Gathering

Sixteen members of the Rio Texas General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation attended the South Central Jurisdictional General Conference Delegate Gathering held at St. Luke’s UMC in Oklahoma City on October 4-5. The gathering, hosted by the SCJ Mission Council, was held to inform the delegates of the three structure options to be presented at the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. The pension implications of each plan were also presented. Delegates from across the jurisdiction joined in a time of listening, learning, worship, prayer, sharing, and developing a sense of community and understanding across different backgrounds and beliefs. The event planners purposefully assigned seating to create a mixed group from different delegations and beliefs at each table, which allowed for a new depth of conversation surrounding the UMC and our mission and purpose. We discussed how that depth applies to the decisions to be made at the General Conference Special Session next February in St. Louis.

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Informational Sessions Presented by Rio Texas Delegation

Corpus Christi, Asbury UMC – Monday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Presenter: Carol Loeb

San Angelo, FUMC – Saturday, November 3, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Presenters: Teresa Keese, Ralph Thompson, Andy Smith, Larry Harrison and Rick Mantooth
Hosted by the West District

Kerrville, First UMC – Saturday, November 10,  10:30 a.m. – Noon
Presenters: Ralph Thompson, Rev. Andy Smith, Rev. Russell Miller, and Rev. Leslie Tomlinson
Hosted by the Hill Country District

Corpus Christi, Grace UMC – Saturday, November 17, 12:15 – 1:30 p.m., immediately following District Conference
Presenter: Robert Lopez
Hosted by the Coastal Bend District

Austin, Northwest Hills (tentative) – December 1, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.,
Presenters: Rev. Teresa Welborn, Jay Brim, and Rev. Abby Herrera
Hosted by Capital District

Beeville, First UMC - January 20, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Presenter: Carol Loeb

More dates and locations to come.

Videos

Robert Schnase, Bishop of the Rio Texas shares about the Commission on a Way Forward at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection's Leadership Institute.
Robert Schnase, Bishop of the Rio Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, presents the One Church Plan to the 2018 Rio Texas Annual Conference. riotexas.org

Adam Hamilton and Bishop Robert Schnase on The Way Forward for the UMC

Commission on A Way Forward lay members: Mazvita Machinga, from Zimbabwe, David Field, from Switzerland and Myungrae Kim Lee, from the New York Annual Conference share their thoughts about the work of the Commission.
This overview of the Purpose, Principles and Importance of the work of the Commission on a Way Forward was presented during the May, 2018 Commission meeting by Dr. Gil Rendle. Here are questions to consider as you watch the video: What is the new way in which I should approach my leadership in shaping the future mission of the church?
Donna Pritchard (clergy, Oregon-Idaho Conference), Tom Salsgiver (clergy, Susquehanna Conference) and Leah Taylor (laity, Texas Conference) are all Commission on A Way Forward members. They share reflections on their work, the value of connection and the relationships they formed during their time together on the Commission.
Jasmine Smothers, Julie Hager Love and Tom Berlin are all Commission on A Way Forward members and also clergy serving in the SEJ. In this interview they reflect on their experience and their hopes for the future of the United Methodist Church.
Patricia Miller, Executive Director of the Confessing Movement and Matt Berryman, former Executive Director of Reconciling Ministries talk about their friendship and their experiences serving together on the Commission on A Way Forward.
Gil Rendle, consultant to the Commission on a Way Forward, shares a modern day parable that helps us understand the difference between positions and interests. Gil invites us to consider two questions: How can I become more aware of my own interests so that I am not confined from seeing more by my own position?
Bishop Grant Hagiya, a member of the Commission on A Way Forward, shares reflections about the book: Anatomy of Peace, and what it means to live with a heart at peace.
Commission on A Way Forward moderators: Bishops Sandra Steiner Ball, David Yemba and Ken Carter, share their reflections on the formation of the Commission and on their work as a moderator team walking together to serve the Commission on A Way Forward. (length 5:35)
Dave Nuckols (laity, Minnesota) and Helen Cunanan (clergy, Philippines) - have a conversation about the Commission on A Way Forward sharing their experiences from very different places in the world.

Bishops Palmer and Schnase share reflections about the work of the Commission on a Way Forward and their hopes for the future of the United Methodist Church.

Final Report from the Commission on a Way Forward

Wespath FAQs: Commission on a Way Forward
Wespath is prepared to serve the Church in whatever form it takes in the future under any scenario. These FAQs provide additional information concerning pensions.