Sexuality

General Church
Two excerpts from Paragraph 161.G of the United Methodist Social Principles affirm the sacred worth of individuals and the church’s stance that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Debate about church future heats up

United Methodists are gearing up to go in different directions. At the same time, disputes over church rules and the status of LGBTQ people continue to flare.
General Conference
At a Nov. 18 online meeting, the Commission on the General Conference and staff pressed forward with planning for the postponed legislative assembly. After the coronavirus has twice altered their plans, commission members expect to make a final decision in the first quarter of next year on whether General Conference can take place as scheduled Aug. 29-Sept. 6 in Minneapolis. UM News screenshot via Zoom.

Setting criteria for a 2022 General Conference

Organizers named the values that will guide their decision on whether the denomination’s legislative assembly goes forward as scheduled.
General Church
At a virtual North Central Jurisdictional Conference this week, delegates elected by their respective annual conferences created and overwhelmingly approved a covenant naming their commitment to anti-racism work and LGBTQIA+ inclusion. Graphic courtesy of the North Central Jurisdiction.

North Central Jurisdiction approves commitment to inclusion

At a virtual conference, NCJ delegates approved a covenant naming their commitment to anti-racism work and LGBTQ inclusion.
Bishops
UM News is the official news gathering agency of the 13-million member United Methodist Church. Map courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by UM News.

Group seeks bishops' grace in church exits

As the Council of Bishops begins its fall online meeting, a group of United Methodists is urging the leaders to allow churches that so desire to depart with property.

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