Commission On A Way Forward

General Conference 2019 Briefing with Martha Stokes: Monday, Sept 17, 6:30 - 8 PM. Location Southview UMC, 3539 Peters Creek Rd, NW, Roanoke. Laity-focused briefing. Register via email: or call 540-989-3335 -- include name, contact information and church. CLICK HERE for a PDF flyer.

A Way Forward -- A Q & A Event with Bishop Sharma Lewis, the Rev. Tom Berlin and Ms. Martha Stokes: Wednesday, Sept 26, 7 PM. This event will focus on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward, the three proposed models, and General Conference 2019. This event will be held in Richmond and will be live-streamed at, and at Thrasher Memorial UMC, 707 Washington St in Vinton. You can also watch at home, or church, or with a small group! Questions for the event will be taken via email at

A Way Forward -- Conversation with the Rev. Tom Berlin in Lynchburg: Peakland UMC, 4434 Boonsboro Rd,

Laity: Wednesday, Oct 10, 7 PM. No registration needed. Clergy: Thursday Oct 11 10:30 am -- registration is required at

July 8, 2018 Announcement:

From Bishop Sharma D. Lewis' office: 

Dear Virginia Annual Conference- 

This is a notice that the Commission on a Way Forward's final report will not be released today, July 8, 2018, as specified by the Council of Bishops in May 2018, as the translation process is not yet complete. This report will feature the three models developed by the commission as well as their accompanying legislation for the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference.

Rev. Tom Berlin, Virginia Conference member on The Commission on a Way Forward, gave an update at Annual Conference, June 15, 2018.  Link here.

Bishop Sharma D. Lewis shares her thoughts about the recommendations that the Council of Bishops (COB) will submit to the Special Session of the General Conference in 2019. (video released May 7, 2018)

You can view the press release from the COB at this link:

You can view Bishop Ough's video about the "One Church Plan" at:

Up to date news from the Virginia Conference including many resources:

This site includes a link to the training video featuring Rev. Tom Berlin, a member of the Commission on a Way Forward.  He was the presenter for a livestream training event on Jan. 24. This presentation was related to the work of the Commission on a Way Forward and the 2019 General Conference. The livestream includes: how to have conversations on difficult topics in the local church, resources to discuss LGBTQ inclusion in the local church, and a review of the work of the Commission on a Way Forward and what will happen between now and the called 2019 session of General Conference.


The link to watch or download is


Commission on a Way Forward website:

Chat and Chew 2.0 January 6, 2018

Video of Bishop's introduction

Video of Worship

Booklet including discussion questions and setting the rules:  CLICK HERE

Virginia Conference Praying Our Way Forward: