District Listening Sessions about Protocol of Grace and Reconciliation Through Separation

A diverse group of representatives from United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world has collaborated on a proposed agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church (UMC) that has the unanimous support of all the parties involved. The agreement, the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, was achieved on December 17, 2019. District Listening Sessions on the Protocol are being scheduled in the coming months. 

Last updated 02-20-2020

Alexandria and Arlington District
This event on March 11, 2020, is designed to help both clergy (10:00 a.m.) and laity (7:00 p.m.) hear from two different perspectives as we head toward General Conference. The Rev. Tom Berlin and the Rev. Keith Boyette will offer remarks about the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation and will participate in a Q&A.
Location: Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Virginia 22003
Clergy Session: 10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.  | Laity Session: 7:00-9:00 p.m. 
If you would like to ask a question of Tom and Keith, there will be a link to a separate form in your confirmation email. This will allow you to ask your question anonymously. Click here to register and send in questions.

Danville District
Join the district for Christian conversation regarding the Protocol of Grace and Reconciliation Through Separation at Listening Posts/Information sessions to be held on
• Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. -- Brosville UMC, 121 Long Cir, Brosville
• Thursday, March 5 at 6 p.m. -- Providence UMC, 1021 Providence Dr, Patrick Springs

Elizabeth River District
The United Methodist Men of Community UMC, 1072 Old Kempsville Rd, Virginia Beach, is hosting a General Conference Informational Session, Monday, Feb. 24. The Rev. Jason Stanley will discuss what General Conference is and how it functions. In addition, there will be information shared about the recently released Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.
All are invited to attend the dinner which will begin at 7 pm. The cost will be $7. If you plan to attend the dinner, please RSVP to Rick Hensley at rhensley2@verizon.net.The presentation with Stanley will begin at 7:45 pm in the Sanctuary. No RSVP is required to attend the presentation.  
There are also additional opportunities for persons to share their feelings for anticipated changes at General Conference 2020 in the next two months. Contact Community UMC for more details.

Farmville District
All of the events will start at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come.
• Tuesday, Feb. 25 -- Crewe UMC, 607 Georgia Ave, Crewe 23930
• Monday, March 9 -- South Hill UMC, 105 Franklin St, South Hill 23970
• Wednesday, March 11 -- Mt. Laurel UMC, 8077 Newbill School Rd, Clover 24534

Rappahannock River District
• Laity Presentation (geared toward laity but open to all): Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 pm (Wright's Chapel UMC, 8063 Ladysmith Rd, Ruther Glen, VA 22546) with Ms. Martha Stokes and the Rev. Keith Boyette.

Richmond District
All clergy in the conference are invited to attend a "Digging Deep in the Dialogue" event hosted by the Richmond District and the Virginia United Methodist Foundation. It will be held April 15, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Woodlake UMC, 15640 Hampton Park Dr, Chesterfield, VA 23832. Do you have questions around the Protocol? Do you seek to understand its implications? Do you wonder what will happen if the Protocol doesn’t pass? Do you wonder what the UMC might be like if the Protocol would pass? Come to this event to learn, discuss and hear from clergy, a mixed panel of General Conference delegates, and others from around the Virginia Conference. Lunch will be provided so please register by going to http://www.richmonddistrictumc.org/digging-deep/ 
Click here to download a flyer (pdf)

Staunton District
• Sunday, February 23, Granbery Memorial UMC - Covington, VA, 2 p.m.
Sunday, February 23, Trinity UMC - Lexington, VA, 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, Monterey UMC - Monterey, VA, 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, Christ UMC - Staunton, VA, 5 p.m.

Winchester District
All laity are invited to join District Superintendent Steve Summers for a time of Dialogue and Desserts.  All events will take place from 3:00 - 5:00 in the church Fellowship Hall.
•  Sunday, March 8 - Brucetown UMC, 2161 Brucetown Road, Clear Brook, VA
•  Sunday, March 22 - Bethany UMC, 100 W. Main St. Purcellville, VA
•  Sunday, April 26 - Kernstown UMC, 3239 Valley Pike, Winchester, VA 

York River District
There will be a Town Hall meeting on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 10 a.m. at Trinity UMC (1294 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson, VA 23662). The Rev. David Hindman and the Rev. Gayle Thornberry will present two different perspectives on the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through separation and will participate in a Q& A. 



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