United Methodist Church Proposes Historic Split Over Divisions on Gay Marriage

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by Mary Margaret Olohan

 

Leaders of the United Methodist Church announced a plan Friday for the church to split over divisions on gay marriage.

The leaders announced a plan Friday that will establish a “traditionalist Methodist” denomination that will continue to ban same-sex marriage and the ordination of gay or lesbian clergy members. The move comes after 53% of Methodist church leaders and lay members said at a February conference that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” and voted to tighten the denomination’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The United Methodist Church is the third-largest denomination in the United States, boasting 13 million members worldwide, and is one of the only remaining denominations that does not perform same-sex marriages, the Washington Post reports.

The division is “the best means to resolve our differences, allowing each part of the Church to remain true to its theological understanding,” according to the committee of bishops and other church representatives who put the plan together.

Writers of the plan say it is “the best means to resolve our differences, allowing each part of the Church to remain true to its theological understanding, while recognizing the dignity, equality, integrity, and respect of every person.”

But the plan must still be approved at the denomination’s May conference – and initial responses from conservatives and liberals indicate that the plan may not pass, according to the New York Times.

“The solution that we received is a welcome relief to the conflict we have been experiencing,” Rev. Thomas Berlin told the Times. Berlin represented Methodist groups opposing discrimination against L.G.B.T.Q. persons. “I am very encouraged that the United Methodist Church found a way to offer a resolution to a long conflict.”

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Mary Margaret Olohan is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo “United Methodist Church” by Stephen Schweitzer. CC BY-SA 4.0.

 

 

 

 

 


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3 Thoughts to “United Methodist Church Proposes Historic Split Over Divisions on Gay Marriage”

  1. Mike Gilmer

    If the majority of the UMC is the conservatives, why do the conservatives have to leave and form a new denomination?

  2. CMinTN

    I believe that the gays and lesbians do need to be in Church, just as all sinners need to be in Church. That does not mean that same sex marriage and gay clergy should be enabled however. I like to drink sometimes, something that is also frowned upon by the Church. Does this push for the LGBT garbage mean that we can now have Friday night drinking sessions at Church as well? We either adhere to Scripture and our beliefs, or we fail as a Church.

  3. Traditional Thinker

    The only theology dealing with same sex marriage is that it’s a sin. Not only a sin, but the bible even calls it an unnatural sin. This means it comes from a depraved or debased way of thinking, a result of blatant disobedience against God and the natural order He created. Satan is obviously attacking the church through the lgbtq but they should not be allowed to continue this abomination under the authority of the Methodist denomination to which was once a holiness church founded by the likes of John Wesley. Nevertheless, God is and will always be in control and His plan will not be altered. He saw this happening before the creation of the world and His will will be done.

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