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Bishop Holston’s statement on membership of the Commission on a Way Forward

Bishop Holston

Bishop Holston

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Annual Conference, issued this statement in response to the announcement of the membership of the Commission on a Way Forward:

At the 2016 General Conference, the bishops’ plan for the Commission on a Way Forward was adopted.

The Council of Bishops has prayerfully considered the composition of this commission and recently selected its membership. We will be discussing the next steps at our Council of Bishops meeting this coming week.

In the midst of these uncertain times, we are facing difficult and complex issues that divide many of our churches and people on human sexuality. While they do their work, I encourage United Methodists in South Carolina to pray for the commission to earnestly seek God’s will for the United Methodist Church.

As we worship and serve together, let us renew our commitment at the local church to walk by faith and not by sight, as well as to be in prayer for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.

Grace and peace,

L. Jonathan Holston


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  1. Dave Fields

    I pray both for the commission and for the voices that will not be present at the table. May their words, even in their absence, reach the commission’s ears and hearts.

  2. Walker

    I pray that the commission will make decisions according to God’s will. Not that of man.

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