This page has been created in response to attention in the media from a proposal for a Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation submitted to the General Conference for consideration of a way forward for the United Methodist Church in light of irreconcilable differences concerning human sexuality.

We will present the material in order of the most basic information to the most detailed parts. We hope if you decide to explore this information that you will take each part at a time, from top to bottom, take it in and let it digest for a day or so before going to the next resource. If you try to take in too much information at one time, it is easy to be overwhelmed by it all.

Although the proposal may at times sound scary, I think it provides a hopeful way forward for our church, conference and global church to be able to do ministry effective in our world.

If at any time, you have questions, feel overwhelmed, or just want to fuss about it, I invite you to come to me in confidence.

Pastor Wayner

Start Here

Click on the image below to see basic information and a timeline. This document was created by the Smoky Mountain District office.

Step Two

Bishop Leeland of the Western NC Conference offered a really good 2-page summary of the proposal. Click on the image below to download a PDF version of the document.

Step Three

UM Communications recorded a YouTube video interview with the group that put the proposal together. Lasting about an hour and twenty minutes, it is a time commitment, but one that will be well worth your time if you want to get a full idea of the proposal. For most of us, this is probably the best resource of all. Click on the image below to watch the video.

Step Four

Do you want to more about the individuals who formed the plan and their credentials? Click the image below to download the PDF document.

Next Step

If you really want to get into the weeds and read all of the changes proposed for the Book of Discipline click on the image below to download the PDF document. Caution, this may make your head spin.

To Be Continued …

We will continue to update this page as new information comes available.

Again, if you have questions or concerns, please see Pastor Wayner.