United Methodists face vote on LGBTQ issues. Will it rip the church apart?
On a Tuesday in January, pastor Katie Lewis was surprised to have even 26 members of the United Methodist Church of Colleyville attend her study group on human sexuality and same-sex marriage.
In a group of mostly middle-aged white congregants, opinions ranged widely. One man said he felt pressure to accept LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage from "more liberal" members from the East and West coasts. Others quickly disputed that idea, saying the issue is a concern in Colleyville as well.
"Whether you know it or not, someone in your life is struggling to be accepted for who they are," one woman told the group.
Lewis said she felt the conversation was necessary ahead of the United Methodist General Conference this month in St. Louis. The conference meets every four years, but a special session was called to vote on a plan regarding same-sex marriage and the acceptance of LGBTQ clergy in the...
I thought the UMC already accepted sodomites of all sorts as their leaders. Just another case of Isaiah 3:12 coming to pass in a modern context. I think the UMC is closing churches in unprecedented numbers, along with the other liberal mainline denominations like United Church of Christ, United Presbyterian, Lutherans, Episcopalians, etc. If you like organ music, this is probably not good news, but maybe they can preserve the buildings with the organs as 'performance art halls' for some local college.
â€ś I want my church to be progressive and to embrace LBGQT and the killing of children after they begin to crawlâ€ť. Charles Wesley would you think that the Christian experiential denomination you wrought would eventually die out when your book of rules superseded the Bible?