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“Praying Our Way Forward” Prayer Vigil

February 12, 2017 - February 18, 2017

Feb. 12-18, 2017 is the PRAYER WEEK assigned to the Nashville Episcopal Area (Memphis and Tennessee Conferences) by the United Methodist Council of Bishops for Phase II of the denomination’s “Praying Our Way Forward” initiative.

Phase II launched Jan. 1, 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer. It started in the North Carolina Conference and will conclude in the West Angola Episcopal Area in June 2018.

Each conference is taking one week to have 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.

Bishop Bill McAlilly has announced a PRAYER VIGIL for Feb. 12-18 in the Nashville Episcopal Area. Each of the seven days is broken into 30-minute time slots of prayer. Clergy and laity from the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences are asked to

BACKGROUND INFORMATION (compiled by Joey Butler, United Methodist News Service)

In the months before General Conference 2016, the church’s stance on human sexuality seemed to lead all discussion, and that played out once the church’s top legislative assembly began its session. Delegates on opposite sides couldn’t even agree on a method for discussing the issue, much less the issue itself.

Delegates ultimately voted to accept the recommendation of the Council of Bishops to delay further debate on homosexuality and name a special commission that will examine and possibly recommend revisions of every paragraph in the Book of Discipline related to human sexuality.

The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward is made up of a mix of bishops, clergy and laity of diverse views on the subject — although the group’s membership has faced criticism.

The Council of Bishops said it intends to call a special General Conference in 2019 — expected after the commission begins looking at the church’s teachings on homosexuality and church unity.


  • Article about Phase II of the United Methodist Council of Bishops’ PRAYING OUR WAY FORWARD initiative


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