By TRAVIS LOLLER and GARY FIELDS
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A group of United Methodist Church leaders from around the world and across ideological divides is proposing an amicable separation.

The proposal is to create a new conservative denomination.

Members of the 13-million-person denomination have been at odds for years over issues of gay marriage and gay clergy.

The proposal, called “A Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation,” envisions a separation in which conservative churches forming a new denomination would retain their assets.

The new denomination also would receive $25 million. The mediation panel was formed after it became clear the impasse over LGBTQ issues was irreconcilable.

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