The following report from January 6 is shared on behalf of the WJ Fresh Summit Working Group, the ten-person team elected by attendees of the summit in November 2019.
A Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation is the newest proposal for the reorganization of The United Methodist Church. It will be offered to delegates to General Conference 2020. Visit ResourceUMC to access links to each of the major proposals as well as a downloadable comparison chart.
While there are still many questions and details to be addressed, the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation offers a ray of hope.
Since the conclusion of General Conference 2019, the date of January 1, 2020 has loomed as a feared time of escalation of restrictive prohibitions against LGBTQIA+ siblings and pastors who officiate at same gender weddings. Now that January 1 is upon us, I would like to share some of my thoughts related to these new restrictions.
The Western Jurisdiction’s Leadership Team, which called for the gathering, concluded that the summit was a “movement moment in The United Methodist Church. The future of the church will come out of the vision of our younger people, leaders who stepped into the forefront of work of the summit.” But what does that mean for your church?
As new 2020 restrictions loom, Western Jurisdiction Bishops Pledge Safe Harbor for LGBTQ+ United Methodist clergy and intend to set aside complaints against clergy accused of being gay or performing LGBTQ+ weddings. Sign on to join them in support. #UMC4All