Each active clergy serving local churches should have received a copy of the book Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality put together by the General Board of Higher Education at either the clergy session or annual conference. If you still need to pick up your free book, contact your District Office.
Bishop Sally Dyck commends this book as we prepare for a day of conversation titled “The United Methodist Church: Into the Future” on Saturday, September 16. It will be held at Grace UMC in Naperville. Retired Bishop Sharon Zimmerman Rader will help lead the conversation and we will reflect on the following questions from the Council of Bishops:
- In our diverse and global existence, what is the shared mission/purpose of the Church?
- Is there a proactive way for us to live together in our differences that doesn’t presume that we will resolve our differences? What would it be?
- What might be a form of unity that would empower us living together?
- What is our witness and what can be our witness to the world in relation to our differences?