SEJ Heads of Delegations Release Statement of Support for “Protocol” Proposal

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Many of the clergy and lay heads of SEJ delegations met informally in Atlanta in December. Photo by Sybil Davidson

Many of the Southeast Jurisdiction (SEJ) Heads of Delegations signed the below statement of support for the proposed Protocol of Grace & Reconciliation Through Separation. The heads of the Tennessee Conference delegation, Rev. Harriet Bryan and Jim Allen are among those who signed the statement. The SEJ Heads of Delegations have had three face-to-face meetings.

A copy of the statement also was sent to the Commission on General Conference as they consider their work of creating the agenda for the General Conference.

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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