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SEJ Heads of Delegations Affirm Protocol
2/3/2020
Photo: Many of the SEJ heads of delegations for the 2020 General Conference gathered in Atlanta in December.

The clergy and lay heads of 2020 General Conference Delegations from the Southeastern Jurisdiction released a statement last week affirming the work of those who developed the “Protocol of Grace & Reconciliation Through Separation." In the statement, which they sent to the Commission on General Conference, the Delegation Heads call for the Protocol be among the first legislative items considered by General Conference 2020.

Rev. Dr. Bryon Thomas and Jane Finley of the North Georgia Conference were two of the 26 lay and clergy heads of delegations, representing 14 of the 15 conferences of the SEJ, to sign the statement. It reads:

Statement from SEJ Heads of Delegation regarding Protocol

January 29, 2020

We, the undersigned SEJ Lay and Clergy Heads of Delegations, affirm the work done on the ‘Protocol of Grace & Reconciliation Through Separation’ and recommend the Protocol be among the first legislative items considered by General Conference 2020. We look forward to seeing the related legislation and give thanks to those who did this work on our behalf. 

SEJ Lay and Clergy Heads of Delegations who support this statement include:
Larry Bryars, Clergy, Alabama West Florida Annual Conference
Molly McEntire, Lay, Florida Annual Conference
Alex Shanks, Clergy, Florida Annual Conference
Emily Ballard, Lay, Holston Annual Conference
Kim M. Goddard, Clergy, Holston Annual Conference
Alan Beuscher, Lay, Kentucky Annual Conference
Bill Arnold, Clergy, Kentucky Annual Conference
David Reed, Lay, Memphis Annual Conference
Autura Eason-Williams, Clergy, Memphis Annual Conference
David Stotts, Lay, Mississippi Annual Conference
Fred Britton, Clergy, Mississippi Annual Conference
Steve Lyles, Lay, North Alabama Annual Conference
Glenn Conner, Clergy, North Alabama Annual Conference
Christine Dodson, Lay, North Carolina Annual Conference
Jane Finley, Lay, North Georgia Annual Conference
Byron E. Thomas, Clergy, North Georgia Annual Conference
Marilyn R. Osborne, Lay, Red Bird Missionary Conference
Robert Amundsen, Clergy, Red Bird Missionary Conference
Bill Hatcher, Lay, South Georgia Annual Conference
Jim Cowart, Clergy, South Georgia Annual Conference
Jim Allen, Lay, Tennessee Annual Conference
Harriet Bryan, Clergy, Tennessee Annual Conference
Warren R. Harper, Lay, Virginia Annual Conference
Tom Berlin, Clergy, Virginia Annual Conference
Jennifer Davis, Lay, Western North Carolina Annual Conference
Kimberly T. Ingram, Clergy, Western North Carolina Annual Conference