Bishop Laurie Haller in the South Central District

August 20, 2018
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Bishop Laurie will be preaching at Knoxville, First UMC the morning of October 7, 2018 and will return in the afternoon to engage in dialogue around the Commission on a Way Forward.


Commission on a Way Forward

On July 31, the final report of the Commission on a Way Forward was released in all four official languages of the General Conference: English, Portuguese, French, and Swahili. The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Subject to final copy editing, the report will be printed in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) in November.

Read the Commission on a Way Final Report and Plans: EnglishPortugueseFrench, and Swahili.


On October 7, 2018 gathering will be held on the South Central District at Knoxville, First UMC where Bishop Laurie Haller and our General Conference delegates will be present to worship, answer questions, and be in dialogue together around the pros and cons of each plan. This report will be received by the gathered delegates in St. Louis, Missouri, on February 23-26, 2019.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming date of the Commission on a Way Forward gathering. 

Other 2018 Fall Gatherings – Commission on the Way Forward

  • Southeast – September 23  Washington UMC 1:30 – 3:00 pm
  • East Central – September 23  Cedar Rapids, Salem UMC - 4:30 – 6:00 pm
  •   South Central – October 7  Knoxville, First UMC  2:30 – 4:00 pm  
  • Southwest – October 8 |  afternoon/evening
  • North Central – October 27 Webster City, Asbury UMC - 10:00 - 11:30
  • Northwest – October 28 Spencer, Grace UMC - 2:30 - 4:00 
  • Northeast – November 18 Cedar Falls, First UMC - afternoon
  • Central –  December 2 Ankeny, First's Christian Life Center - 2:00