The Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation has been on life support since the first time General Conference was delayed. I have no doubt that if we had held General Conference at the originally scheduled time in 2020 it would have passed. Any compromise leaving all people wanting more. It's natural that the longer it takes for a compromise to be approved, the more nits people will pick and the harder it becomes for it to pass.
Over the last few months I've had more conversations with people who aren't sure the Protocol makes sense anymore. Among the reasons:
- It calls for a $25 million payout, which may not make sense given today's economic realities including the UMCs commitment of $30 million to the Boy Scouts of America victim compensation fund (my language may not be precise with this as I'm not familiar with the details).
- Churches and clergy have already begun the denominational sorting process that the Protocol was designed to help.
- The original group was not adequately representative, particularly of central conferences