On November 4, the Council of Bishops overwhelming approved A Narrative for the Continuing United Methodist Church. Last week, the delegates of the North Central Jurisdiction voted to affirm the document. I commend the following for your prayerful reflection and earnest conversation.

United Methodists all over the globe are liturgical, contemporary, charismatic, social activists, urban, suburban, small town, rural and much more. We are children, youth, young adults, senior adults, new Christians, and mature Christians. We are present on four continents, in more than 45 countries, and we comprise an unknown number of cultures and languages. We are a holy communion of different races, ethnicities, cultures, and perspectives united by the Holy Spirit, driven by the mission of Christ, and bearing the good news of an unmerited grace that changes lives and transforms communities.

Christ’s prayer for our unity and command to gather all...continue reading