highly contested season.”
The South Central Jurisdiction had already asked the Judicial Council, the church’s high court, to review Oliveto’s election. The bishops’ executive committee urged “respectfully” that the court put the matter on the docket for its next meeting, Oct. 25-28.
Nevertheless, Ough told United Methodist News Service he believes bishops and others remain committed to the unity and mission of the denomination. He said that includes even church members frustrated by church restrictions.
“I think many, if not most, in the church right now really want the commission to succeed, without defining what that success looks like,” he said. “I think they really want a space, apart from all these actions and reactions, for the commission to work.”
Plan for the commission
At its meeting, the bishops’ executive committee set out the mission, vision and scope of the new commission.
The commission will have 20 to 25 members. The aim is to bring together people who are deeply committed to the future of The United Methodist Church with an openness to developing new relationships with each other. Ough has said previously that his hope is for the group to represent “all the voices of the church.”
The executive committee is asking all bishops to nominate up to five potential members. Individuals already suggested to Ough and retired Bishop Peter Weaver, the bishops’ executive secretary, will be included in the pool of nominees.
The plan is for the commission’s membership to be announced Aug. 31 and for the group to hold its first meeting in October, if any needed visas can be obtained by then. The first Council of Bishops meeting with newly elected bishops is set to start Oct. 30.
The executive committee named as commission moderators Florida Area Bishop Ken Carter, West Virgnia Area Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball and Central Congo Area Bishop David Yemba. Carter is set to succeed Ough in 2018 as Council of Bishops president.
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