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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Act of Love – Film of UM Rev Frank Schaefer’s Support of LGBT Community

Act of Love – Film of UM Rev Frank Schaefer’s Support of LGBT Community

A kickstarter campaign is in train to fund a film documenting United Methodist Minister Frank Schaefer’s historic stance in continuing to support the LGBT community, even after being defrocked by his church for officiating at his gay son’s wedding.  When asked at his church trial to promise not to perform any more gay wedding ceremonies, […]

80% of Congregation Leaves UM Church After Leader Fired for Being Gay

80% of Congregation Leaves UM Church After Leader Fired for Being Gay

The majority of a United Methodist Church congregation in Indiana have abandoned their church in protest over the dismissal of a church leader and choir director for being gay. Adam Fraley, a former choir director at the First United Methodist Church in Alexandra, Indiana, was fired by a new minister, who was uncomfortable with Fraley’s […]