On Friday, January 3rd, global leaders of the United Methodist Church released a plan called "A Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation".
The plan details a future in which conservative churches would form a new denomination. This new denomination would retain existing assets and receive additional funding.
Leaders cited "fundamental differences regarding their understanding and interpretation of Scripture, theology and practice" as the reason for the proposed split.
The Methodist Church has been at an impasse for years over the issue of same-sex relationships. This division was highlighted last year when a small group of conservative delegates from the United States joined with delegates from Africa and the Philippines (conservative strongholds) to affirm a ban on LGBTQ-inclusive practices.
The Methodist Church is the 2nd largest Protestant denomination in the United States.
Food For Thought
Is the proposed plan to split the United Methodist Church a good one? Are the differences within the Church irreconcilable?