Recommended Reading

Comparison of Proposals to General Conference 2020This summary compares proposals from various groups, in alphabetical order, about the structure of The United Methodist Church. It does not include proposals from individuals. Further details are in the documents and legislation. All proposals will be open for amendments at General Conference and may be subject to Judicial Council review. 

Going Deeper: Leading Dialogue Across Difference
Rev. Doris K. Dalton, Dir. of Leadership Development & Intercultural Competency, NYAC
Use this handout to learn more about how pastors and church leaders can equip themselves with the tools and skills that will help them lead dialogues on difficult topics in their local churches.

Guide for Leaders: Facilitating Dialogue Across Difference 
Rev. Doris K. Dalton, Dir. of Leadership Development & Intercultural Competency, NYAC
A dialogue is not a discussion or an informal chat. It is not a debate and it is not a competition with winners and losers. It is an intentional conversation that emphasizes the relationship of the people engaged as well as the goal of mutual understanding and a desire to identify common ground. 

Touchstones for Courageous Conversations
Adapted with permission from the Center for Courage and Renewal by way of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School

This resource comes from the Center for Courage and Renewal by way of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School. The list includes several helpful “touchstones” useful in determining church guidelines for Courageous Conversations. 

Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church 
By David L. Barnhart Jr., Rebekah Jordan, Alex Joyner and Jill M. Johnson

Living Faithfully, a four-week, small-group study, was created especially for United Methodist pastors to use as they guide their congregations through discussions about these emotionally charged and highly divisive issues in a way that encourages openness, humility, a spirit of grace, and above all, love for fellow group members.

Vital Conversations on Race, Culture, the Church and Human Sexuality
General Commission on Religion and Race
Vital Conversations 4: Race, Culture, The Church, And Human Sexuality is a video study course for small groups in congregations, campus ministries, and local and regional church leadership teams. The series features conversations between theologians, pastors, worship leaders, laity in leadership, Biblical scholars, and community activists to offer varied and multilayered perspectives on the Christian church’s ongoing debate over the status, role, and rights of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI).

Who Are We? A Journey From Head to Heart 
Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference 

This Bible Study was developed so that we might enter into a process of discernment and wonder together. It isn’t meant to cater to one outcome or cajole participants into a certain line of thinking. Rather, receive this study as an invitation into communal dialogue chiefly interested in our common roots and the common interest we share as United Methodists within the universal body of Christ today. The first two six week studies might be pertinent to NYAC churches: Part 1: Who are We as a People of God? Part 2: Who are We as the People Called Methodists?

Courageous Conversations about Human Sexuality
Discipleship Ministries

The aim with this lesson is to promote dialogue in a nurturing, learning environment where participants can own their voice with humble conviction, uncover assumptions, and respectfully listen to alternative perspectives.

Our Way Forward 
Susquehanna Annual Conference 

A video resource that shares the history of debate over sexuality from 1968 to 2018.

Brené Brown on EmpathyDr Brené Brown—author of Dare to Lead—has spent the last two decades researching courage, empathy, shame, and vulnerability. Her work helps leaders answer questions about how to lead others with courage. 

Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life by Henri J. M. Nouwen

What is Bullying? This government site is home to the best information available on bullying. Although it addresses bullying in schools, many of these resources are applicable to our church communities.

Bullying: Frequently Asked Questions: This resource is from the most common anti-bullying curriculum used in the USA.