Bishop Leeland’s Response to Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation
posted on January 04
Dear Smoky Mountain District Clergy and Church Members,
I hope that you will set aside time to prayerfully reflect upon the following documents concerning the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace agreement released to our denomination on January 3rd. Please note this is a proposal for consideration by the delegates at the General Conference scheduled for May 5-15, 2020. I found it helpful to first read Bishop Leeland’s Response to Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, followed by the Frequently Asked Questions, and then the actual proposed agreement Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.
Bishop Leeland concludes his response with these words, “Now we trust the General Conference to do its work. I refuse to give up on the One who is reconciling all things to himself, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross
To a divided church in Corinth, Paul writes: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to God through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)
Anticipating God’s faithfulness, the Holy Spirit’s prodding, and Christ’s compelling love to guide us, may we prayerfully seek the path of reconciliation and grace for all.
Rev. Linda M. Kelly
Smoky Mountain District Superintendent
The Western North Carolina Conference
P.O. Box 1269
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745