Bishop Bruce Ough is the resident bishop of the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area. He was also president of the Council of Bishops during the 2016 General Conference that authorized the Commission on a Way Forward.
Ough spoke with UM News as part of "Seeing a Way Forward," a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.
Watch videos by clicking on each of the subtitles below.
"What I'm praying for."
As the called 2019 General Conference nears, Bishop Bruce Ough of the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area prays for a unified church.
God's mission is contextual
As bishop over churches with a wide range of theological perspectives, Bishop Bruce Ough of the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area says he reminds them that they remain unified in serving out God's mission.
Misconceptions about Way Forward process
Bishop Bruce Ough of the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area says he often hears from United Methodists who think the bishops are trying to control the outcome of the Commission on a Way Forward. He insists they are following out the mandate given them by the 2016 General Conference.
The only way to a breakthrough
Bishop Bruce Ough of the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area asks that everyone in the church overlook their preconceptions and continue to pray for the church as decisions about its future arrive.
This is the fifth in a series of video interviews by United Methodist News Service. View the interviews with Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Bishop Christian Alsted, Bishop John Yambasu, and Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball.