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Courageous Conversation about the Way Forward

Suggested outline for how to plan and conduct a Courageous Conversation about the Way Forward report including four sessions with PowerPoint presentation templates. The resources also include links to support materials and videos produced by the Way Forward Commission and Council of Bishops.

Anatomy of Peace by Arbinger Institute

An international bestseller that teaches concepts of reconciliation and conversation to transform personal, professional, and even global conflict through a fictionalized story of parents who are struggling with their own children and with problems that have come to consume their lives.

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Being true to who we are can be difficult in a diverse community, but true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. Learn from Brown’s approach to being authentic without alienating yourself from others, especially those with whom you disagree.

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition by Kerry Patterson et al

This best-seller has taught millions how to transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue. With practical ideas, this resource imagines it is possible to make it safe to talk about almost anything.

Faultlines: Holy Conversations about Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church by Abingdon

A collection of resources—including small group studies and books—intended to inform the conversations around human sexuality within the United Methodist Church as the denomination prepares for the General Conference.

Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott

A guide to transforming everyday conversations at work and at home with effective ways to overcome barriers to meaningful communication, enrich relationships, increase clarity and improve understanding, handle strong emotions, and connect more deeply with others.

Finding the Sweet Spot: Holy Conversation by The Missouri Conference

Four devotional sessions with video and discussion guide support on holy conversation as a means of grace designed for use with small group or leadership training. Great for church councils and leadership teams.

Is It Time? Helping Laity and Clergy Discuss Homosexuality One Question a Time by Adolf Hansen

From the Faultlines collection, this resource contributes to the conversation by presenting questions for laity and clergy to explore as they engage in open dialogue in an atmosphere of mutual respect, even when the conversation partners disagree.

Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church by Abingdon

From the Faultlines collection, this four-week study will help you grapple with various views about the ministry and teaching of The United Methodist Church around issues of human sexuality. And it will help you discern, in prayer and conversation, how you can respond faithfully in love of God and neighbor.

Missio Day Small Group Discussion Questions

Small group discussion questions set in a PowerPoint slide show for use in aiding discussion and study of Missio Dei and the United States: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness.

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