The Quick Facts
- 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.