Message from District Superintendents on the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation

North Georgia Conference's appointive cabinet met this week and discussed the recently-released Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation. They shared the following message from their time together:

Message from the North Georgia Conference Cabinet on the
Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation

A diverse group of 16 United Methodist leaders from around the world has collaborated on a proposed path forward for The United Methodist Church that has the unanimous support of all the parties involved. The agreement is the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation.

On Monday, the North Georgia Cabinet and Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson watched a live stream broadcast of a panel interview with the participants in the mediation process who developed the Protocol. Afterward, we discussed the importance of this document, what the Protocol means to us here in North Georgia, and the widespread misinformation we have encountered. We offer you the following clarifying points from our discussion.
  • The participants in the mediation represent centrist, progressive, and traditionalist perspectives, and come from the United States, Africa, Europe, and the Philippines. These leaders came to unanimous agreement on the Protocol.
  • This Protocol offers a path for The United Methodist Church to continue to be a denomination for those with traditional, centrist, and progressive perspectives. The post-separation United Methodist Church will continue to have room for divergent perspectives and value diversity as an essential component of our faith.
  • The Protocol also offers a path to separate for those whose convictions do not allow them to continue to be United Methodist.
  • The mediation participants are now developing legislation that mirrors the Protocol. This legislation will be considered in May by the 2020 General Conference. It is expected that this legislation will be considered ahead of all other legislation.
  • What we hold in common, above all else, is our call to reach those who do not yet know Christ's love.

There are several places we encourage you to turn for information and insight on this Protocol:  
Clergy and laity are invited to attend a town hall meeting with Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson on the future of The United Methodist Church here in North Georgia and Beyond. The schedule is:

March 1
Hillside UMC     
March 8         
Peachtree Road UMC              

March 22      
Madison First UMC                 

March 29      
Fayetteville First UMC           

April 19         
Trinity at the Well UMC         

April 26         
Gainesville First UMC