Clarification of “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation”

An update from the Task Force on Gary Church, United Methodism, and Human Sexuality

On January 3, a diverse, sixteen-member group of United Methodist Bishops, clergy, and laity released a nine-page proposal intended to “preserve” The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination. This proposal would also allow other United Methodist Churches to form their own denomination. The proposal is one of several that may be considered by the delegates to General Conference in May.

Titled “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation,” the proposal, was drafted to address the denomination’s long struggle over the inclusion of LGBTQ persons and the passing of the Traditional Plan at the 2019 Special Session of General Conference.

Since its release, many voices expressing concern or support for the proposal have been heard throughout the United Methodist Church. While the proposal received extensive coverage by several mainstream media outlets, it is only the General Conference which speaks for the 13 million members of The United Methodist Church.

In her statement on the proposal, Northern Illinois Conference Bishop Sally Dyck said, “In spite of headlines, the UMC has NOT split or separated or even decided to do so today. The protocol is the initial work and legislation to implement it will undoubtedly be amended at General Conference 2020 […] As for the NIC, the protocol would not require any church or annual conference to take any votes unless they want to leave the UMC.” 

According to United Methodist News Service, “The group behind the new proposal has asked the Council of Bishops to request that the Judicial Council consider the constitutionality of the still-being-developed legislation before the opening session of the 2020 General Conference.”

For more information about the “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” and opportunities for education and discussion forums, please see below.

  • Read the articles about the proposal 
    Hard copies available in the Church Office

  • Read the “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation”
    Hard copies available in the Church Office

  • Read the “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” FAQ document

  • View a life stream of leaders who helped develop the separation proposal answering questions, followed by a discussion on Monday, January 13 at 8:30 a.m. in the Anderson Room.

  • Attend an informal informational session with the Task Force on Gary Church, United Methodism, and Human Sexuality on either February 9 or 16 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel.

  • Mark your calendars for "conversations" around the NIC about what is expected to take place at the General Conference, May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minn. The following scheduled conversations are co-hosted by the NIC Exploration Team and NIC General/Jurisdictional Delegation along with the DCM/Cabinet:

    Sunday, February 2, 3–5 p.m.: River Forest UMC

    Thursday, February 13, 3–5 p.m.: Woodridge UMC

    Thursday, February 13, 7–9 p.m.: Schaumburg: Our Saviour’s UMC

    Sunday, February 16, 3–5 p.m.: Rockford: Christ UMC

During this time, we at Gary Church draw on our values that are rooted in God’s unconditional love and our tradition of living out our faith by sharing Christ’s love in the world. We remain focused on the mission of the United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

If you need any additional information, please contact the Church Office.

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