United Methodists

United Methodists float plans to split denomination after LGBTQ vote

"The UMC’s General Conference 2020, to be held in May in Minneapolis, will consider the structure of what church leaders hope can be an amicable, and orderly, breakup of a worldwide church that is the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States." - RNS

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Hundreds of congregations joining conservative United Methodist association

“Through the [Wesleyan Covenant Association], they are connected to other like-minded congregations for community and encouragement,” he explained. “They receive analysis of the issues facing the UM Church and advocacy through the WCA on those issues.” - Christian Post

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UMC finds improper voting at General Conference on LGBT issues; may affect result of disaffiliation measure

"In February... the delegates voted to uphold the denomination’s stance labeling homosexuality “'ncompatible with Christian teaching' .... Another measure passed at the special session was Petition 90066, which allowed for a more gracious dismissal for congregations opposed to the UMC’s official position." - Christian Post

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Liberal UMC regional body rejects cutting funds to overseas conservative churches; calls it 'white privilege'

“In fact, this withholding is primarily expressed in Caucasian congregations whose perception is that their entitlement to control others with money is an expression of white privilege,” the California-Nevada Annual Conference said. - Christian Post

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United Methodist regional bodies reject ‘Traditional Plan’ on LGBT issues, vow resistance

"The UMC Great Plains Annual Conference, which is centered on Kansas and Nebraska, passed a resolution on Saturday by a vote of 586-396 rejecting the Traditional Plan.... Over the weekend, the Michigan Annual Conference overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for the creation of a new “Central Conference” that would allow clergy to perform same-sex weddings and noncelibate homosexuals to be ordained." - Christian Post

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Liberal UMC leaders promise ‘wide variety of resistance tactics’ against Church position on LGBT issues

"Church of the Resurrection of Leawood, Kansas, the largest UMC congregation in the United States, hosted a gathering of about 600 pro-LGBT United Methodists called 'UMC Next' this week." - Christian Post

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Ask The UMC: What happened at General Conference?

The title says it all. This article is publicly and freely available at the United Methodist Church’s official website:

Amid growing concerns for the denomination’s future, the 2016 General Conference authorized the formation of a commission to deal with church teachings on homosexuality and find ways to help the church stay together. The Commission on a Way Forward submitted proposals that were considered by the delegates at the 2019 special called General Conference.

Delegates to General Conference include equal numbers of lay and clergy members elected by annual conferences around the world.  Bishops preside and facilitate the work of the delegates, but do not vote. The General Conference is the only body that approves church policy and speaks officially for the denomination.

What was decided by General Conference?
The General Conference delegates passed by a 438-384 vote the Traditional Plan, which retains restrictions against “self-avowed practicing homosexual” clergy and officiating at or hosting same-sex marriage ceremonies and requires stricter enforcement for violations of church law.

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