Bishop LaTrelle Easterling will meet with the clergy and laity of the Baltimore-Washington Conference in a Critical Conversation concerning the upcoming United Methodist General Conference. Bishop Easterling will give special attention to The Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation (The Protocol).
This Critical Conversation will take place Saturday, March 21, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at Harmony UMC, at 9455 Williamsport Pike in Falling Waters, W.Va.
As United Methodists move toward the 2020 General Conference, May 5-15 in Minneapolis, Minn., we know that many of you have questions and concerns about the future of our denomination and our conference. In particular, there are specific questions about The Protocol, a plan that offers an end to the decades-long struggle concerning human sexuality. In response, Bishop Easterling, who is not only our episcopal leader but also a member of the mediation team that crafted The Protocol, will be holding this Critical Conversation.
In this season of discernment and uncertainty, it is important that your questions be answered and that we are all informed by facts and well-reasoned analysis. To ensure that you are equipped with the information you need to help you continue to serve as faithful disciples, Bishop Easterling invites you to attend this gathering.
Plans are being made to livestream the event for those unable to make the drive. Clergy are expected to share information about this Critical Conversations with their congregations. We look forward to seeing you at this special gathering and invite you to continue to pray for The United Methodist Church as we seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.