In times of uncertainty like this, we all want calm and quick processes. The process of separation, reset and reform will take at least one quadrennia. This section deals with parts of the protocol agreement that could not be dealt with by legislation or, for other reasons, are not included in this provision. It also explains how these parts of the protocol will be accomplished legislatively and by the UMC after separation. Related institution refers to any institution or entity that is not part (in whole or in part), of the Methodist Church or a judicial conference, an annual meeting, a central conference or a local church that is not part of (in whole or in part) by ownership, governance, control, agreement, historical ties, common ties and beliefs. These include foundations, schools, non-profit organizations, boards of directors, agencies, health and charitable organizations or other legal entities. What does the protocol agreement mean for our local church? The new proposal would allow other methodical unified churches to form their own denominations, while providing for ecumenical agreements and cooperation on certain fronts. My tribe was on the news… Once again.
On January 3, almost all major news agencies reported the United Methodist Church`s new plan for consensual separation, with most titles chosen as “United Methodists to split over LGBT inclusion.” Not much in these headlines was accurate, including “united” and “methodical.” On the one hand, the vote in favour of the separation of the UMC is still months away and the themes that threaten our unity are much deeper than human sexuality (although this is undoubtedly the theme that is presented these days). (a) Central Conferences Notwithstanding the provisions of 572 or other provisions of the discipline that are not enshrined in the Constitution, a central conference may form or adhere to a new Methodist denomination with two-thirds of the votes of members present at a regular or convened meeting. The Central Conference is considering this decision at the request of the Assembly, assisted by one-fifth of the members present and voting or able to do so as part of its normal procedures. The central conference may also convene a special meeting for this purpose if it is requested from the floor or through its normal procedures. If the Central Conference does not vote on the separation until December 31, 2021, it will remain by default at the United Methodist Church after the separation. (1) An ecumenical agreement may include concepts that simplify the process of separating a local church to 2556.7c to adhere to a new Methodist denomination, such as. B the treatment of rights and duties that would otherwise be included in individual separation agreements. Ecumenical agreements cannot change the process or deadlines below 2556.3 or 2556.4 or the requirements below. 2556.7c. Despite any vote on separation, the United Methodist Church is at a point where it must take measures of recidivism and reform. If the protocol is successful, delegates will have the opportunity to “jump” the process.