Membership on “The Commission on a Way Forward” ©

Bishop Bruce Ough, President for the Council of Bishops has announced the selection of membership on the “The Commission on a Way Forward.”  He has noted in his press release that the Commission is made up of 8 bishops, 11 laity, 11 elders, and 2 deacons.  Furthermore Bishop Ough has noted “the makeup of the 32-member commission is roughly comparable to U.S. and Central Conference membership.” Of special interest to members of the Central Texas Conference is the inclusion of Casey Langley Orr who is serving as a Deacon and appointed to First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth, Texas.  I ask us all to keep the entire Commission, and indeed the United Methodist Church as a whole, in our prayers.  Those who share the privilege of being related to the Central Texas Conference, I especially ask that you be in prayer for Casey.  I believe Casey to be an outstanding choice who will prayerfully see a way forward in these tumultuous times. In the words of Martin Luther: “Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right man on our side, the man of God’s own choosing.  Dost ask who that may be?  Christ Jesus, it is he.” (“A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” Number 110, verse 2, The United Methodist Hymnal.) MEMBERSHIP IS ANNOUNCED AS FOLLOWS: Jorge Acevedo - USA, Florida, elder, male Brian Adkins - USA, California, elder, male Jacques Umembudi Akasa- Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, laity, male Tom Berlin - USA, Virginia, elder, male Matt Berryman - USA, Illinois, laity, male Helen Cunanan - Philippines, elder, female David Field - Europe, Switzerland, laity, male Ciriaco Francisco - Philippines, bishop, male Grant Hagiya - USA, California, bishop, male Aka Dago-Akribi Hortense - Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, laity, female Scott Johnson - USA, New York, laity, male Jessica Lagrone - USA, Kentucky, elder, female Thomas Lambrecht - USA, Texas, elder, male Myungae Kim Lee - USA, New York, laity, female Julie Hager Love - USA, Kentucky, deacon, female Mazvita Machinga - Africa, Zimbabwe, laity, female Patricia Miller - USA, Indiana, laity, female Mande Guy Muyombo - Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, elder, male Eben Nhiwatiwa - Africa, Zimbabwe, bishop, male Dave Nuckols - USA, Minnesota, laity, male Casey Langley Orr - USA, Texas, deacon, female Gregory Palmer - USA, Ohio, bishop, male Donna Pritchard - USA, Oregon, elder, female Tom Salsgiver - USA, Pennsylvania, elder, male Robert Schnase - USA, Texas, bishop, male Jasmine Rose Smothers - USA, Georgia, elder, female Leah Taylor - USA, Texas, laity, female Deborah Wallace-Padgett - USA, Alabama, bishop, female Rosemarie Wenner - Europe, Germany, bishop, female Alice Williams - USA, Florida, laity, female John Wesley Yohanna - Africa, Nigeria, bishop, male Alfiado S. Zunguza - Africa, Mozambique, elder, male MODERATORS Sandra Steiner Ball - USA, West Virginia, bishop, female Kenneth Carter - USA, Florida, bishop, male David Yemba - Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, bishop, male