Prayer always carries us forward. No matter what we are facing, joy or sorrow, darkness or dawn, prayer turns us toward God and offers a way forward. The United Methodist Church is now engaged in a worldwide discussion about our understanding of human sexuality. More than 12 million United Methodists in 120 countries speaking dozens and dozens of languages all coming together to discuss one topic. Their views on human sexuality vary. Their reading of scripture varies. Their cultural backgrounds vary. Their countries and the laws and customs of their countries vary. Their approach to controversy varies. Seems like an overwhelming task, except for one thing: All 12 million pray.
The discussion of human sexuality is called Finding Our Way Forward and it is being led by a commission which was established at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2016. Their work will take several years. As they carry out their work they have asked that United Methodists blanket their efforts with prayer. Every conference worldwide is dedicating itself to a week of prayer. We will be Praying Our Way Forward. The Iowa Annual Conference will be Praying Our Way Forward May 21-27 Our goal in Praying Our Way Forward is not to win the debate. Our goal is to be faithful in a time of controversy.
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