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Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation

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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The UM Forward organization, which supports a "liberationist" perspective on the UMC's future, responds to "A Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." 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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Awash in media reports, United Methodists should hang on to these facts about the proposed 'Protocol for Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.' Read more

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Layman Bill Mefford finds the mediated "protocol" for dividing The United Methodist Church betrays the justice issue at the heart of the denomination's dispute. Read more

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith surveys the hows, whys and wherefores of the proposed "Protocol" for dividing The United Methodist Church. Read more

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The "Protocol" offers the UMC a potentially positive way out of its four-decade struggle, but it does so by sweeping some ugly truths about the forces involved, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

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The mediation team has been working confidentially for several months and reached the agreement on Dec. 17 with the help of a professional mediator. Read more

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