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United Methodist Church: Gay Marriage – Task force to investigate GC2019 voting

United Methodist Church: Gay Marriage – Task force to investigate GC2019 voting

General Conference organisers have appointed a task force to investigate possible improper voting at the recently completed special session of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking body. The multinational Commission on the General Conference held an emergency meeting by teleconference March 16, after a preliminary review found that “a very limited number” of ineligible people potentially […]

HRC Criticise UM Church’s Decision to Rescind Appointment of Lesbian Bishop

HRC Criticise UM Church’s Decision to Rescind Appointment of Lesbian Bishop

On Saturday, 29 April, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of America’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, released the following statement in response to the United Methodist Church’s (UMC) decision to rescind the appointment of openly lesbian Bishop, Karen Oliveto. Oliveto’s appointment was challenged earlier this year by the South Central Jurisdiction […]

UMC: Group Tackles Church Unity From Multiple Fronts, But LGBT Group Not Allowed In

UMC: Group Tackles Church Unity From Multiple Fronts, But LGBT Group Not Allowed In

The United Methodist group, charged with bridging divisions around homosexuality, spent its first meeting recently mainly getting to know and trust each other, but also took first steps toward possible outcomes, according to Heather Hahn of UMNS (United Methodist News Service). The ‘Commission on a Way Forward’, which includes 32 United Methodists from nine countries, […]

Revd Sally Hitchiner: Response to Young LGBT Christians

Revd Sally Hitchiner: Response to Young LGBT Christians

United Methodist Church Elects First Openly Gay Bishop

United Methodist Church Elects First Openly Gay Bishop

Rev Karen Oliveto (58) is the first openly gay person to be elected bishop by the United Methodist Church, in contravention of church rules. Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement regarding the results of the Episcopal election at the Western Jurisdictional Conference of The United […]

Religious Leaders Respond To Orlando, Embracing LGBTQ Community

Religious Leaders Respond To Orlando, Embracing LGBTQ Community

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, the Human Rights Campaign in the US has pointed out that religious leaders have stood united against hate and in support of the LGBTQ community. Prominent Christian religious leaders have preached compassion and understanding. The Rev.  Al Sharpton wrote in a Huffington Post blog post that he has […]

Mormon Church Deals Body-Blow To LGBT Faithful

Mormon Church Deals Body-Blow To LGBT Faithful

The Mormon church has dealt another body-blow to its LGBT brethern. The new rulebook states that same-sex marriages or same-sex couples should be ousted from the church, and in a particularly cynical addendum, it states that children of gay relationships should not receive blessings from the church, nor be baptised at age eight.