Insight Editor Cynthia B. Astle found this year's "futuring" program at the Church of the Resurrection's Leadership Institute proved that true reform for the UMC is unlikely to come from those invested in the existing institution. Read more.
When S. Brick, 44, who is transgender. Though some local churches have gone against those rules for years, ministers will now face discipline for it.
The United Methodist Church now has The church is founded on three basic principles: 1 Do no harm, avoiding evil of all kinds; 2 Do good, of every possible sort, and as far as possible, to all; and 3 Practice "the ordinances of God," engaging in individual and communal spiritual practices such as prayer, Bible reading, worship and the Lord's Supper. The global church structure mirrors the United States government with judicial, executive and legislative branches.
After three days of intense debate at a conference in St. Now, a divide of the United Methodist Church, which has 12 million members worldwide, appears imminent. Some pastors and bishops in the United States are already talking about leaving the denomination and possibly creating a new alliance for gay-friendly churches.
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Protestors chant during the United Methodist Church's special session of the general conference in St. Louis, Tuesday, Feb. America's second-largest Protestant denomination faces a likely fracture as delegates at the crucial meeting move to strengthen bans on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT clergy.
Methodist denominations have differing views on homosexuality, people who are in homosexual relationships, and same-sex marriage. These views have changed over time. The United Methodist Church has approximately
When the Rev. Mark Thompson resolved to come out of the closet more than a decade ago, he was 50 years old. Thompson was a pastor of a United Methodist Church in Lansing, Michigan, with a wife and three adult children. But he had reached a spiritual impasse in which he could no longer deny his true identity.
Reuters - The United Methodist Church voted on Tuesday to uphold and strengthen its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy in a move likely to alienate large numbers of followers who had pushed for reform. Known as the Traditional Plan, the new policy includes penalties for breaking its rules and asks those who will not obey it to find another church. The Traditional Plan is designed to serve as a coherent United Methodist Church policy on LGBT clergy and their marriage practices after years of inconsistency among individual United Methodist churches, with some churches denouncing homosexuality as a sin and others embracing gay and lesbian clergy members.
Tom Gjelten. Four months after the United Methodist Church strengthened a ban on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex weddings, deep dissension over the move has brought the denomination closer to a formal split. Progressive and conservative church leaders alike are increasingly convinced that their differences are irreconcilable. Conservative delegates from Africa and Asia, a growing bloc within the church, joined forces at the conference with U.