Emmanuel’s Way Forward

In light of recent developments in the United Methodist Church after the Special General Conference 2019, Emmanuel has begun a process of discernment in order to determine the best possible way forward for us as we seek to uphold John Wesley’s rules to “do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God.” The information on this page both chronicles this process and provides context for where we currently find ourselves.

For Reading & More Information:

  • For a copy of the letter written January 7th, 2020 addressing the release of the “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation” and the headlines of a UMC Church split, click here.
  • For a chart (Updated Jan. 7th, 2020) comparing most of the plans headed to General Conference 2020, click here.
  • For a one page summary of the current situation of the United Methodist Church and Emmanuel’s place/response, click here.
  • For more information on what it means that Emmanuel is part of the Reconciling Ministries Network (and how it got there), click here.
  • For information about the Reconciling Ministries Network (and to read their perspective) as a national organization, click here.
  • To read Emmanuel’s statement upholding and affirming Marriage Equality, click here.
  • To read Emmanuel staff’s letter from March 2019 regarding the 2019 Special General Conference, click here.
  • To read (and possibly sign) the proclamation statement that came out of the Our Movement Forward conference in Minneapolis, MN in May 2019, click here.
  • For further reading on the issues facing the United Methodist Church, check out United Methodist Insight.
  • For a broader reading of issues facing Christianity as a whole (albeit with a Methodist leaning), check out Hacking Christianity.