Bishop Laurie begins COWF Fall Gatherings

September 27, 2018

More than 300 people gathered at Salem and Washington United Methodist Churches to listen and join in on the Conversation on a Way Forward on Sunday, Sept. 23.
Bishop Laurie Haller spoke about convicted humility, and about how she hopes that attitude can carry the denomination and the Iowa Conference through the upcoming decision. 
“Convicted humility is an attitude that Jesus wants us to show in our lives, and not only in the way we relate to our family and friends and work colleagues,” Bishop Laurie said. “It’s saying, ‘I might not be right, I might be wrong, and maybe I need to open my heart and mind and listen to others.’”
She encouraged all United Methodists and churches to join in phase three of Praying Our Way Forward. Phase three includes a time to pause and pray for our church’s mission and way forward daily for four minutes.
She also presented the three plans being brought to the special-called General Conference in February 2019. The plans include the One Church plan, which has been recommended by the Council of Bishops, the Connectional Conference Plan, and the Traditionalist Plan.
These two gatherings are just the beginning, as Bishop Laurie will travel to the remaining six districts in the coming months. All Iowa United Methodists are invited to join her for a time of information and sharing.
More information and resources for local churches can be found at

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