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Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation

In Part 3 of his report on his visit to the Philippines, the Rev. Dr. Mark R. Holland describes an advocacy day with Filipino GC2020 delegates. Read more

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The Liberia Annual Conference has voted to forward several proposed amendments to legislation that would enact the mediated agreement known as the "Protocol." Read more

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The Rev. David Livingston points out the serious hazards of not supporting the Protocol, and what he will do if General Conference fails to adopt it. Read more

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Filipino delegates to General Conference 2020 are joining with supporters of the Christmas Covenant and the Protocol for Reconciliattion & Grace Through Separation to back their legislation, reports Dr. Mark Holland of Mainstream UMC. Read more

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Lead delegates from the Western Jurisdiction announce their legislative support for two proposals. Read more

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Memphis Conference delegate Frank Holbrook thinks the 100-churches requirement for creating a new Methodist denomination from the UMC poses a hurdle too high for many to scale. Read more

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The two proposals are seemingly opposite paths, since the Protocol seeks to divide the church while the Christmas Covenant aims to keep the UMC largely intact by supporting the U.S. regional conference option. Read more

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Memphis Conference GC2020 delegate Frank Holbrook takes his first look at legislation to implement the "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." Read more

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The "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation" requires a delicate sequence of events to work, and the Rev. Jeremy Smith isn't sure which part comes first. Read more

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Legislation to enact the negotiated "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation" is now public, and the Rev. Jeremy Smith has given it sharp scrutiny. Read more

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Michigan Annual Conference will meet in early March to consider legislation that would enact the "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith points out the discrepancies in the Protocol's timeline that benefit traditionalists and undercut progressives. Read more

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With The United Methodist Church’s future up in the air, now might be a good time to take a breath, say the negotiators of the "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." Read more

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The Rev. Dr. William B. Lawrence, past president of the UMC's Judicial Council, weighs in on the political and technical aspects of the "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." Read more

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Cynthia B. Astle analyzes the video report of the negotiating team for "A Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation" and interprets its implications for the UMC. Read more

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Retired Bishop William Boyd Grove finds that the negotiated agreement offers the UMC a way out of the hostility and division that has plagued the church since 1972. Read more

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Patrick Scriven offers some counsel for pastors in local congregations whose members are peppering them with questions about a split in The United Methodist Church. Read more

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The most difficult part of change is the feeling that events or circumstances are out of one's control, writes the Rev. Mark Conrad of Desert Southwest Conference. Read more

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Well-known United Methodist leaders are among those who made public statements this week on the UMC's struggle over LGBTQ+ acceptance and its potential split. Read more

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Reactions to the separation plan negotiated by a 16-member group range from enthusiasm to acceptance to unhappiness. Read more

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    United Methodists from around Alabama and the Southeast listen to a Jan. 25 discussion about the possibility of traditionalists separating into a new denomination. The meeting was at Clearbranch United Methodist Church in Trussville, Ala., and drew more than 1,000 people. (Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.)