Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I have read the offering of a protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation unanimously adopted by a diverse group of United Methodist leaders, convened by Bishop John Yambasu. This offering seeks to provide a way for the 2020 General Conference to navigate the current divided landscape of the United Methodist Church through a gracious separation.

This is not the time to make a quick judgement about the contents of the document, but rather to spend the upcoming weeks and months studying, asking questions, engaging in conversations, praying and discerning the best way forward for our beloved United Methodist Church.

I know you join me in praying for laity, congregations and clergy of our worldwide United Methodist Connection.

-Bishop Gary Mueller