Negotiators Urge Hold on Trials, Closures

Negotiators Urge Hold on Trials, Closures


With The United Methodist Church’s future up in the air, now might be a good time to take a breath.

Bishop Thomas Bickerton said that’s why he and the 15 other church leaders who negotiated the proposed “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” agreed to put a hold for now on two of the most fraught situations in the church.

Specifically, the mediated agreement calls for:

  • Holding in abeyance complaints related to the denomination’s bans on same-sex weddings and “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy.
  • Delaying church closures unless a church is financially insolvent. 

“We need to settle ourselves down and breathe and allow the breath of God to take us to this next stage,” said Bickerton, who also leads the New York Conference. Read more>