I joined TNPC last month; however, I still need to write the letter officially terminating my membership at my parents' Methodist Church. My difficulties come in terms of how to best word this letter so that it is not harsh in tone. Both of my parents are still incredibly active members of this church, and I do not wish to create strife for the wrong reasons; however, I do believe I owe it to those mentors and pastors I've had at the church to explain my reasoning. To make matters even worse, I am breaking from a four-generation history at this particular church, so there is lots of grief I could cause my parents needlessly if I don't write this letter carefully. Any advice would be appreciated.