MARCHA LAMENTS, the irreconcilable positions that have divided our church to the point of schism. Nevertheless, MARCHA welcomes the Protocol of Grace and Reconciliation through Separation as an opportunity for the UMC to move beyond disagreements on the issue of inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons, and as a necessary step to end the harm caused to those individuals in our church’s history. As in previous separations such as the autonomy of central conferences of Latin America, it is an opportunity for contextualization and collaboration in mission, despite differences in practices or doctrines.
MARCHA BELIEVES, that the UMC Post-Separation will be a church fully inclusive of our rich diversity of cultures, ethnicities, traditions, backgrounds, gender identities, theological perspectives and biblical interpretations. Therefore, MARCHA encourages the Hispanic/Latino churches to remain part of the UMC, yet it supports the self determination of those churches to make their own decision.