United Methodists

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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Evidence of improper voting raises questions about Methodist gay clergy vote

"The review was prompted by an inquiry from The New York Times, which reported that at least four ballots were cast by individuals who were not authorized to do so, pointing primarily to irregularities among a handful of delegates from Africa from the pool of more than 800 delegates at the conference." - RNS

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Liberal Methodists may be digging in for a fight in the UMC

"Ritter wrote on his People Need Jesus blog: 'First World temper tantrums about the sexual expression of financially kept clergy ran into the patient ferment of God-fearing servants [in Africa] who know what it means to suffer for Christ.'” - The Great Divide

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How denominations split: Lessons for Methodists from Baptist battles of the ’80s

"Now that the Methodists have reached the precipice, the very complicated organizational work of division has to get underway, and one thing is sure: Nothing will happen quickly. Whatever division happens will unfold at multiple levels over at least a decade." - RNS

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