Some 40 United Methodists from around the Walla Walla Valley gathered around tables of communion and conversation in a spirit of Christian dialogue on Sunday, May 20. Expertly facilitated by our District Superintendent, Mary Huycke, and Kristina Gonzalez from the conference staff, we talked about how our families of origin dealt with conflict and how we grew up understanding human sexuality.
Mary shared the latest news from the Council of Bishops and their recommendations from the Commission on a Way Forward.
Most people feel we need to continue dialogue in our local churches as we move toward the Special Session of General Conference in 2019 where delegates will decide whether to support the Bishops’ recommendation.
It is important as we move forward to include all voices in our churches, especially those with whom we may disagree. It is through respectful listening and storytelling that we remain open and can learn.