Dear Hyde Park Family,
On Friday, United Methodist news service shared a proposed agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church over conflicting views related to human sexuality. A diverse group of high-level leaders in our denomination, including Bishop Ken Carter, developed this agreement which allows for restructuring the Church by allowing conferences and local congregations to separate from The United Methodist Church. The Florida Annual Conference has released a statement from Bishop Ken Carter, who was involved in those negotiations. That statement includes links to the press release and all pertinent material.
We remember that nothing is official until the General Conference meets this May in Minneapolis. In the meantime, I believe this to be a helpful and hopeful step forward for our denomination along the path toward full inclusion of LGBTQ persons, while enabling warring parties to turn toward each other, rather than away from each other, as we seek the way of peace.
In the meantime, please continue to pray for the leaders of our denomination, including delegates to the upcoming General Conference. As one of those delegates, I would appreciate your prayers, along with other members of our delegation: the Rev. Clarke Campbell-Evans, the Rev. Justin LaRosa (reserve), the Rev. Vicki Walker (jurisdictional), and Mr. Steve Gardner (jurisdictional).
Grace and Peace,