As Pastor Thom mentioned in worship Sunday, there has been much media attention on the United Methodist Church this weekend. We urge you to seek out sources that accurately represent the conflict within our beloved church with fair representation of all parties. The United Methodist News Service is one such source:
Florida Bishop Ken Carter, one of the sixteen United Methodists that participated in this global mediation among various constituencies in the church, shares his explanation of the process and his hope for the future of the UMC in this open letter:
Full text of the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation: https://www.unitedmethodistbishops.org/files/websites/www/pdfs/signed+umc+mediation+protocoal+statement+-2020.pdf
Video excerpted from worship on January 5, 2020.
Point of View (POV) Conversation
To prepare our congregation for General Conference 2019, we held a two-part conversation on November 7 and 14, 2018. Our staff shared about the proposals for the future of the UMC; using the lens of empathy, context and mission, we started to engage in difficult conversations and understand each others’ points of view. Please note that the Traditional Plan discussed in the video was adopted by General Conference 2019, but there will be legislation proposed at GC 2020 that may change the current structure of the church.