What's happening in the United Methodist denomination?
Nothing official yet….and a lot!
On Friday, January 3, UM News Service broke the news that “a diverse, 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders” had met with a negotiator, and developed a proposal that would preserve the denomination while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations a path to form a new denomination.
Among the participants in this discussion were our own West Ohio Bishop Gregory Palmer and our Ohio River Valley District Director of Urban Ministry Rev. David Meredith.
Bishop Palmer wrote an excellent letter explaining the breaking news, and urged readers to learn more. The best source for information about this Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation comes from the group itself. You can read the entire document or look at the attached Frequently Asked Questions.
On January 13, United Methodist News held a live streamed conference with the panel participants. The hour and a half video (!) offers insight into the negotiation process. Watch this video here.
As Todd reminded us on video shortly after the news broke, nothing official has happened yet. Any changes to the denomination will have to be voted on at General Conference. Stay tuned for further updates as the process unfolds.