Statement from Bishop Scott Jones concerning 
the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation

January 3, 2020

The “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation” is a significant contribution to the ongoing discussions about human sexuality in The United Methodist Church. The sixteen signatories are to be commended for their hard work and faithful effort to resolve our Church’s deep division on the practice of homosexuality.

I, along with many other persons, have called for deeper conversations about how to avoid the bitter debates in our church and once again re-focus our time, energy and effort on the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. This protocol offers significant hope for an amicable solution.

However, it should be emphasized that a statement by sixteen leaders does not necessarily mean that its provisions will be adopted. The Protocol itself says it was developed in service to the General Conference delegates who will decide on its adoption or amendment. Other plans may well be considered as alternatives. Significant questions remain to be answered about the Protocol’s implementation. The Judicial Council will need to rule on its constitutionality. The feasibility of its financial provisions must also be evaluated.

United Methodists should welcome this contribution to our dialogue and continue praying for the right way to strengthen our Wesleyan service to Christ.

Bishop Scott J. Jones