Statement from SEJ Heads of Delegation Regarding Protocol


We, the undersigned SEJ Lay and Clergy Heads of Delegations, affirm the work done on the ‘Protocol of Grace & Reconciliation Through Separation’ and recommend the Protocol be among the first legislative items considered by General Conference 2020.  We look forward to seeing the related legislation and give thanks to those who did this work on our behalf. 

SEJ Lay and Clergy Heads of Delegations who support this statement include: 
Larry Bryars, Clergy, Alabama West Florida Annual Conference 
Molly McEntire, Lay, Florida Annual Conference 
Alex Shanks, Clergy, Florida Annual Conference 
Emily Ballard, Lay, Holston Annual Conference 
Kim M. Goddard, Clergy, Holston Annual Conference 
Alan Beuscher, Lay, Kentucky Annual Conference
Bill Arnold, Clergy, Kentucky Annual Conference 
David Reed, Lay, Memphis Annual Conference 
Autura Eason-Williams, Clergy, Memphis Annual Conference 
David Stotts, Lay, Mississippi Annual Conference
Fred Britton, Clergy, Mississippi Annual Conference 
Steve Lyles, Lay, North Alabama Annual Conference 
Glenn Conner, Clergy, North Alabama Annual Conference 
Christine Dodson, Lay, North Carolina Annual Conference
Jane Finley, Lay, North Georgia Annual Conference 
Byron E. Thomas, Clergy, North Georgia Annual Conference 
Marilyn R. Osborne, Lay, Red Bird Missionary Conference 
Robert Amundsen, Clergy, Red Bird Missionary Conference 
Bill Hatcher, Lay, South Georgia Annual Conference 
Jim Cowart, Clergy, South Georgia Annual Conference
Jim Allen, Lay, Tennessee Annual Conference 
Harriet Bryan, Clergy, Tennessee Annual Conference 
Warren R. Harper, Lay, Virginia Annual Conference 
Tom Berlin, Clergy, Virginia Annual Conference 
Jennifer Davis, Lay, Western North Carolina Annual Conference
Kimberly T. Ingram, Clergy, Western North Carolina Annual Conference

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