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The UMC Separation Protocol and You

Updated: Feb 19

I'm looking to keep an updated list of articles which I find informative as our churches look to remain faithful to our call to make disciples as our denomination is wrestling with how to peacefully separate along theological and ideological lines.

Read entire "The Separation Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation" Document

Thoughtfully written articles and videos:

"A CHURCH IN SCHISM: An African Perspective on the Theological Impasse in The UMC" by Rev. Forbes Matonga, Pastor in the Zimbabwe West Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and the Secretary of the denomination’s Africa Central Conference. - 02/18/2020

"The theological impasse and the pending schism of The United Methodist Church has many implications for the future of The United Methodist Church both globally and indeed in Africa." READ MORE Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3

"If I Was Thinking of Joining a New Methodist Denomination…." by retired UMC Pastor and writer Jack Harnish - 02/07/2021

...Here are a few questions I would ask before joining a break-away denomination. I’m thinking primarily of the Wesley Covenant Association but this could also apply to the... READ MORE

A Response to Thomas Lambrecht’s “Primary Reasons for Separation, by Adam Hamilton, UMC Pastor and writer 02/02/2021

It’s been quite a year for all of us. COVID, protests against racial injustice, and a polarizing election. As a pastor, there seemed little time this year to focus on denominational division when we were trying to care for our members and serve our community in the midst of the crisis. READ MORE

"Primary Reasons for Separation," by Thomas Lambrecht of Good News Magazine, a magazine for conservatively minded United Methodists. 02/01/2021

As we approach a possible separation in The United Methodist Church this year, one of the important questions to answer is, “Why should we separate?” READ MORE

"Kicking Habits, Denomination Edition" by Chris Ritter, UMC Pastor and blogger on United Methodism 11/20/2020

It is not at all clear that a denomination, as we have come to think of the word, is needed or desirable. Gone are the days when denominations stood as the primary organizing unit within American Christianity. The most effective congregations, it seems, are either non-denominational or hide their affiliation twelve-clicks-deep in their website. READ MORE

VIDEO: "A Discussion about the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation" a presentation by the West Ohio Annual Conference of the UMC - 01/16/2020

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer and West Ohio pastors Rev. David Meredith, and Rev. Dr. Jeff Greenway address some frequently asked questions regarding the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation Agreement and share their prayers for the delegates of the 2020 General Conference.


VIDEO:"UM News interviews protocol developers in Jan. 13 live event" A livestreamed panel discussion with members of the team that developed a new proposal for The United Methodist Church’s future. - 01/13/2020

The panelists described how they developed the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, a proposal that they are working to have drafted as legislation and sent to General Conference.


"IN UMC SEPARATION PROTOCOL, HURT HAS GIVEN WAY TO HOPE," From UMC Next, a progressive group in the UMC.

I feel hope for the first time in a long time as we finally have a path to turn our focus away from legislation and litigation back to liturgy. READ MORE

"What I Told the Church I Serve," From Chris Ritter, a thoughtful UMC pastor and blogger on United Methodism. 01/05/2020

I thought I would share what I wrote to the congregation I am appointed to serve this past Friday night amidst the news of the separation protocol. READ MORE

"Western Jurisdiction: Where Love Lives" A FAQ statement from one of the most progressive Jursidictions in the US expressing their support of the Protocol.


"THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH I HOPE TO SERVE" by Rev Adam Hamilton UMC Pastor and author 09-18-2019

In this post I’ll not describe the broader hopes I have for the UMC—those related to mission, discipleship, evangelism, social justice, reaching new generations, and more. Instead my focus is narrower: READ MORE

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