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The definition of abeyance as listed on dictionary.com. While the proposed “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” is not a done deal, negotiators are asking for a pause in certain church closings and complaints in the meantime. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Negotiators urge hold on trials, closures

Part of the new proposal for the denomination’s separation calls for a pause in closing churches and processing complaints related to LGBTQ restrictions.
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The Rev. Junius Dotson (holding microphone), speaks during a livestreamed panel discussion in Tampa, Fla., with members of the team that developed the "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.” $39 million is set aside in the plan to go to minority churches. “The idea was … to make clear that the church has a commitment to these communities of color,” Dotson said. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Minority funding critical to separation deal

Negotiators of proposed separation plan for The United Methodist Church say $39 million for minority ministries was critical element.
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Kenneth Feinberg (holding microphone), speaks during a livestreamed panel discussion in Tampa, Fla., with members of the team that developed a new proposal that would maintain The United Methodist Church but allow traditionalist congregations to separate into a new denomination. Feinberg moderated the work of the team that created the proposal, called the "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.” Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Panel offers peek behind scenes of separation plan

United Methodist participants talk about forming Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation in livestream.
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On Jan. 3, a 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders offered the “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” proposal to preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing for a new traditionalist-minded denomination. UM News reports on the process the group took to arrive at its plan. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Protocol process painful but fruitful

Participants in mediation talk about how agreement was found among markedly different perspectives for the future of The United Methodist Church.

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