On the heels of General Conference 2016, there are many, various, and legitimate concerns and hopes regarding the Bishops’ establishment of a commission to study human sexuality in ways that take us beyond the current impasse, while at the same time preserving the unity of the denomination. I write today as one grateful for the leadership of our bishops and the process they have set in motion. But the question that connects all of us is this: what will it take to make this process a genuinely new way?
In the days following General Conference there will be numerous suggestions made about this, both within the Council of Bishops itself and outside it. I offer today some of my own thoughts about the question, looking at it from two vantage points.
First, there is a crucial non-negotiable: no one must sit on the commission whose past or current behavior says…
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