FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2022
Contact: Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli, 202.332.4010
Contact: Rev. Jasmine R. Smothers, 404.524.6614
A STATEMENT ABOUT THE PROTOCOL OF RECONCILIATION & GRACE THROUGH SEPARATION
Out of a spirit of transparency, trust, and accountability, members of the mediation team have reached out to the organizations that initially supported the Protocol Agreement, General Conference delegates, and others within our broad constituencies. The overwhelming consensus among those with whom we spoke is that the once-promising Protocol Agreement no longer offers a viable path forward, particularly given the long delays, the changing circumstances within the United Methodist Church, and the formal launch of the Global Methodist Church in May of this year.”
Click the link to read the whole statement. Those who support this statement are invited to sign it.
Four Commitments of UMCNext
We believe these commitments are essential to a hope-filled future for the global Methodist movement as we make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world:
We long to be passionate followers of Jesus Christ, committed to a Wesleyan vision of Christianity, anchored in scripture and informed by tradition, experience and reason as we live a life of personal piety and social holiness.
We commit to resist evil, injustice and oppression in all forms and toward all people and build a church which affirms the full participation of all ages, nations, races, classes, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities.
We reject the Traditional Plan approved at General Conference 2019 as inconsistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ and will resist its implementation.
We will work to eliminate discriminatory language and the restrictions and penalties in the Discipline regarding LGBTQ persons. We affirm the sacred worth of LGBTQ persons, celebrate their gifts, and commit to being in ministry together.
UMC Next Updates
UMCNext Affirms General Conference Delay and recommits to the Work ahead
March 3, 2022 - UMCNext extends our deep gratitude to the Commission on the General Conference for their thoughtful consideration and hard work. We know the postponement of the General Conference is not an easy decision, but we believe that it is the right one to...
Mourning the death of Rev. Junius Dotson
We join together, as siblings in Christ, mourning the death of Rev. Junius Dotson. Junius leaves a remarkable legacy. He led one of our largest churches in the Great Plains Conference before taking on the role of General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries. He was a...
Racism Is Not A Black Problem: White Silence is No Longer A Privilege
The following is an Op-Ed written by Rev. Junius Dotson. Junius is the co-convener of UMCNext. One the four commitments of UMCNext is: "We commit to resist evil, injustice and oppression in all forms and toward all people and build a church which affirms the full...
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