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. Mike Slaughter, pastor emeritus of Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio, said in a phone interview from the floor of the conference. The decision, passed in a 53 percent to 47 percent vote, is the latest eruption in the fight over the future of American Christianity and over whose views of human sexuality are enshrined as Christian.
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Bill Chappell. Protesters sing and pray outside the United Methodist Church's special session of the general conference in St. Louis on Tuesday. Leaders of the United Methodist Church have rejected the One Church Plan, a measure that would have eased restrictions on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriages, with delegates voting against it at a special session of the church's General Conference. On Tuesday afternoon, delegates from around the world voted to to pass what was called the Traditional Plan, which maintains the church's rules. Earlier, delegates also had defeated the One Church Plan, which would have allowed individual churches to decide how they handle issues of same-sex weddings and the sexuality of their clergy. The Traditional Plan prevailed, despite impassioned warnings from delegates such as the Rev.
Both sides in the debate over The United Methodist Church's future have forsaken the core truth of the gospel, that Jesus Christ lived, died and rose for all, writes the Rev. Christopher Momany. Read more. Nov 12, PM Christopher P.
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