Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, the Rev. Alyce Weaver-Dunn, Director of Connectional Ministries; Rev. John R. Wilson, Conference Secretary, and Donna Vizza, chair of the WPAUMC Connectional Leadership Table, will hold five informational sessions around the Conference the week of March 22 on the proposed Protocol for Separation of the denomination.
Dates and locations for the information sessions are:
Sunday, March 22 @ Saint Marys from 3 pm – 5:30 pm
Monday, March 23 @ Saegertown from 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Tuesday, March 24 @ Punxsutawney: First from 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Wednesday, March 25 @ Crossroads: Oakdale from 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Thursday, March 26 @ Somerset: Grace from 6:30 pm – 9 pm
The informational meetings, open to laity and clergy, will focus on the “Protocol of Separation Through Grace and Reconciliation” because those who signed it represent advocacy groups who had proposed other plans, but now unanimously support the protocol. Because they all have agreed to work together for passage of the Protocol at the May 5-15, 2020 General Conference, it seems the most likely plan to be approved. Read the protocol legislation at www.gracethroughseparation.com/legislation
There will be an opportunity for questions to provide clarification about the Protocol legislation and how our Conference will respond if it is passed. The Conference is creating a process for discernment regarding our future together in Christ. The WPA Delegation has been invited to attend the informational sessions to listen and prepare for their participation in the upcoming General and Jurisdictional Conferences.
Although the other plans for restructuring the United Methodist Church will not be part of the discussion at the five Western PA briefings, information on them, along with a comparison chart, is available at the Resource UMC website resourceumc.org/en/content/gc2020-proposed-plans
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