PROTOCOL OF RECONCILIATION & GRACE THROUGH SEPARATION

Statement of Principles 

A. Whereas, The United Methodist Church and its members—after careful reflection, discussion and prayer—have fundamental differences regarding their understanding and interpretation of Scripture, theology and practice;

 

B. Whereas, The United Methodist Church at its February 2019 Special Session of the General Conference in St. Louis did not resolve their differences specifically related to the full participation of LGBTQ persons in the life of the Church;

 

C. Whereas, The United Methodist Church and its members are at an impasse, the Church’s witness and mission is being impeded, and the Church itself as well as its members have been injured;

 

D. Whereas, The United Methodist Church and its members have a deep desire to fulfill our long-stated mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

 

E. Whereas, The United Methodist Church is committed to recognizing, respecting and protecting the rights and personal dignity of every person, including people of all races, sexual orientations, genders, national origins, ages, and social classes;

 

F. Whereas, the undersigned came together as an outgrowth of a consultation initiated by Bishop John Yambasu and other Central Conference Bishops, and were asked to represent various constituencies of the Church in reaching a gracious and dignified resolution of the impasse;

 

G. Whereas, the undersigned propose restructuring The United Methodist Church by separation as the best means to resolve our differences, allowing each part of the Church to remain true to its theological understanding, while recognizing the dignity, equality, integrity, and respect of every person; and

 

H. Whereas, the undersigned, in recognition of the regional contexts and divergent points of view within the global United Methodist Church, propose separation as a faithful step with the possibility of continued cooperation around matters of shared interest, enabling each of us to authentically live out our faith;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, the undersigned, seeking to serve The United Methodist Church, hereby agree as follows, to this Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation (“the Protocol”):

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