Breaking News: “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation”

Dear friends,

As you likely have seen, there is breaking news on the United Methodist scene.  A group of 16 folks from interested parties from across the connection, including conservatives, moderates, and progressives, has been meeting with a mediator to try to come to an agreement for how to move forward.  In a news release today, they proposed a separation agreement.  Below are gathered articles and blogs for context and commentary.

These are early days still, as this proposal has to be turned into legislation and then has to be voted on at General Conference in May.  But we wanted to keep you informed.  As for St. Paul & St. Andrew, we remain committed to a church and a denomination that is fully inclusive to all God’s beloved children.  We will talk briefly about this on Sunday during service, but will also keep you apprised of any new developments as they occur.

In solidarity,
K and Lea

Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” & FAQ
UM News Service: Diverse leaders’ group offers separation plan
Reconciling Ministries Network: An imperfect table, a chance to perfect
New York Times: UMC Announces Plan to Split Over Same Sex Marriage
Washington Post: UMC is expected to split over gay marriage, fracturing the nation’s third largest denomination