The Council of Bishops executive committee announced that 29 United Methodists are being notified that they have been nominated to serve on the Commission on the Way Forward. The panel will address issues around homosexuality and church unity. The group includes eight bishops, 13 clergy and eight laity. Some United Methodists were unhappy with the number of laity on the Commission on the Way Forward and circulated an online petition asking the Council of Bishops to rethink the panel's makeup. Read more here and here.