Tag Archive | UMC

UM Church to split over gay marriage

UM Church to split over gay marriage

(Reuters) – The United Methodist Church plans to split into two later this year, church officials said on Friday, a schism that follows years of contention over whether the church should end its ban on same-sex marriage and gay clergy. The plan, if approved at the church’s worldwide conference in Minneapolis in May, would divide […]

UM Church strengthens ban on gay marriage, LGBT clergy

UM Church strengthens ban on gay marriage, LGBT clergy

(Reuters) – The United Methodist Church voted on Tuesday to uphold and strengthen its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy, in a move likely to alienate large numbers of followers who had pushed for reform. By a vote of 438-384, delegates from around the world, attending the church’s General Conference in St. Louis, reinforced […]

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, […]