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New Separation Plan Proposal for 2020 General Conference From Rev. Jill Colley Robinson (assistant to the bishop)

Many of you have heard or will soon hear of a proposed agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church that was announced by the Council of Bishops on January 3rd on behalf of a diverse, 16-member Mediation Team comprised of representatives from UM advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops for around the world. 

This agreement, entitled the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation is one of many plans that may be considered by the delegates who vote at the upcoming General Conference in May 2020. The agreement’s proposals are not final, and the sixteen who signed it do not have the authority to make them so now or in May. Like any proposed legislation that comes before the General Conference delegates, the agreement only becomes a reality for the Church if it is approved by vote; and it can be amended.

Much work will need to be done and many answers discerned before we can fully appreciate what impact any General Conference decision will have on our life and ministry together in New England. In this effort, there will be events hosted in each New England District where options for our upcoming Annual Conference in June will be presented and disseminated. Our District’s meeting will be held on Sunday, March 22nd from 2-4 pm location TBD.

Please find more information on this newest proposal by following this link: Separation Plan Information. and copy of the proposal will be posted on the bulletin board in Sanborn Hall.