Subscriber Account active since. The plan, if approved at the church's worldwide conference in Minneapolis in May, would divide the third-largest US Christian denomination into two branches: A traditionalist side opposed to gay marriage and the ordination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clergy, and a progressive wing that will allow same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy. The split would affect the denomination globally, church leaders said. The US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage throughout the nation in , but that decision applies only to civil, not religious, services. Some denominations, including the Episcopal Church and certain branches of Judaism, have sanctified same-sex unions, while others including the Roman Catholic Church and Southern Baptist Convention, have declined to do so.
Methodists propose split in gay marriage, clergy impasse
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Bishops from outside the U. Keith Boyette, who served on the member mediation team and holds a theologically conservative view of sexuality. Boyette, who lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, said Friday the announcement of the plan, which was touch-and-go for much of the mediation process, came with a sense of relief, peace and hope. The Rev. In , the General Conference changed denominational rules to say the practice of homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching. Protests, church trials, talk of schism and calls for unity ensued. Entertainment: Netflix show that insinuates Jesus is gay sparks controversy.
United Methodist Church strengthens ban on same-sex marriage, LGBT clergy
Scott Neuman. The denomination, with some 13 million members worldwide, is experiencing a major internal rift over same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy. A local church in Georgia that supports LGBTQ rights says it is splitting from the United Methodist Church, becoming the first congregation in the country to act on a growing rift between progressives and conservatives within the denomination. Asbury Memorial Church in Savannah announced Thursday that it was disaffiliating with the UMC, which moved last year to reaffirm rather than drop a ban on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex weddings, disappointing many liberal-minded congregants.
The church has more than 13 million members worldwide and several of its central agencies are headquartered in Nashville. Bishops from outside the U. Help power more stories like this. Become a subscriber today. Keith Boyette, who served on the member mediation team and holds a theologically conservative view of sexuality.