Pastor's Note

I have been intrigued, impressed and interested in some of the conversations that I have had with – or overheard from – Aldersgate members around the unfolding media reporting and denominational discussions about the potential United Methodist separation and legislation that may be proposed to the next General Conference convening this coming May.

Last week in the newsletter a link was provided to an article from our Iowa Conference Bishop, Laurie Haller United Methodist Traditionalists, Centrists, Progressives, & Bishops sign agreement aimed at separation. If you didn’t have the opportunity to read that article I would encourage you to do so. The article includes several pieces of information as well as a Frequently Asked Questions.

For those of you interested in continuing to learn more, I would recommend reading this Behind the Scenes of Separation Plan article and watching the livestreamed discussion of the interview with the mediation team members

As I stated last week in the newsletter, I anticipate that the opportunities for dialogue which Iowa Conference Bishop Laurie Haller has indicated she will be holding throughout the conference later this year will be well publicized and that anyone interested will have the opportunity to attend. I also anticipate that both as we move towards the May 2020 General Conference and then when we know the decisions made at General Conference we will engage in our own conversations and discernment here at Aldersgate.

I hope to see you on Sunday - if not before.

Peace –