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United Methodist Church To Debate Homosexuality At Conference

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Looks like one religion may soon be shaking things up in what will be a pretty historical debate!

The United Methodist Church will tackle the highly debated issue of gay clergy and same-sex unions at this year’s General Conference!

From now until May 4, almost 1,000 delegates from all over the world will be meeting in Tampa, Florida, to discuss the topics and make some HUGE decisions.

Soon-to-be President of UMC’s Council of Bishops, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner said:

“We see it as a challenge to deal with the cultural differences, but we also see it as a gift.”

Every four years, the General Conference is held but no topic draws more controversy than the topic of homosexuality.

Perhaps the MOST controversial action made by the church was in 1972, when the Book of Discipline added in the phrase, “incompatible with Christian teaching,” in reference to homosexuality.

Currently, the church has a ban on gay clergy but a growing number of Methodists are protesting to get rid of the phrase and ban all together.

However, tackling this issue can get tricky, seeing as there are different challenges and laws in each country.

Remaining hopeful, Rev. Dean Snyder of Washington said:

“We are really praying that General Conference makes some movement. It’s going to be very disappointing if there is no movement at all.”

We are definitely interested to see what happens once this conference concludes!

We hope the church's decision will move towards the direction of acceptance!!

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20 comments to “United Methodist Church To Debate Homosexuality At Conference”

  1. CanadianMommy says – reply to this


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    so the entire world has to change their religious beliefs for the gays….yup, sounds totally fair and tolerant of others beliefs



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    The only reference to homosexuality being wrong is in the old testament, right next to the phrase about not eating shellfish. Also, Christians do not follow the old testament. They follow the New Testament. Debating the issue is a good idea.

  3. yea yea says – reply to this


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    Yup, it's natural just like hetero-ness…what is there to debate??????????? damn, humans are ignorant. Equality for all!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. JenB says – reply to this


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    I grew up in the Methodist Church and MOST of the ministers I have known believe that homosexuals should not be descriminated against, especially in the church. Why shouldn't people who love each other be together & get married if they choose? Why shouldn't they be able to worship in a church and have that church welcome them. It's the ultimate hyporcracy to say, "YOU are not welcome." (True) Christianity is not the problem, people who use their so-called Christianity to promote bigotry and hatred is.

  5. Seto says – reply to this


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    Re: CanadianMommy – What do you not understand? What you stand for, in essence, denies my humanity and ultimately my existence. It's your views that are wrong and full of hate, not ours, we are just fighting for what is right. Why should anyone let your hateful views be tolerated is the real question you should be asking yourself.



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    I'm a young adult United Methodist minister, and I'm praying - and have been for years, that our church will change our position. Please keep encouraging us to change! We are very close, and so many of us are working very hard to make it so that all people have safe places to worship, find welcome, and know that they are loved by God.

    Thanks for your advocacy - it gives us all hope as we work from inside the systems that need to change.

  7. CanadianMommy says – reply to this


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    Re: Seto – well, sorry to inform you, but im not a homophobe, and my church welcomes anyone if they are searching for God, but yes we still think it's wrong, but we do not deny anyone the right to come worship and i have no issue with people wanting rights, more power to you….that being said….everyone is still expected to change what they believe….i have lesbian friends, they know that i think and believe, i dont ever condemn them…we have different beliefs, doesnt mean we cant be friends……and stop calling it 'hate' cause i dont agree with you, i dont freaking hate anyone

  8. Dm says – reply to this


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    Re: girlfriend – Actually Romans 1 talks about Homosexuality and the OT is scripture to Christians. You are correct that it is important to debate.



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    Re: CanadianMommy – Since your username implies you're a mother, I encourage you to open your mind for the sake of your child/children. You say you aren't homophobic, yet you believe homosexuality is wrong. That's homophobic, especially after you just got done saying how horrible it is that the world has to change its mind on homosexuality.

    You bet your ass the world needs to change its mind on homosexuality. We will not apologize for being born this way. This country also needed to change its mind about segregation and interracial marriage during the 1960's and people like you complained about that as well. Bigotry is bigotry. And I think it says a lot about your character that you can be 'friends' with people who are lesbians and still think it's wrong. For some reason you see that as a good thing, while the rest of us see that as a terrible thing. And I'll say it again, your 'beliefs' are no longer just beliefs when they are used as justification to limit the rights of certain people in this country's legislation. Again, if you are in fact a mother, I encourage you to open your mind for the sake of your children, who should not be raised with bigotry.

  10. DD says – reply to this


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    Most gays - from what I've met - are not religious at all and never and have never attended Mass or stepped foot in any Church. Why should they change their view points for people that don't attend their service? The government should legalize gay marriage, but the church shouldn't at all.
    Also, every gay person I've met has bashed me for being religious….very tolerant indeed (sarcasm).

  11. DD says – reply to this


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    Re: girlfriend – wow…Christens follow BOTH Testament. The Old Testament is about Jesus…CHRIST, hence CHRISTENS. You're a perfect example of the failed education system in the US.



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    Re: CanadianMommy

    You mean like how tolerant you are of women who choose to have abortions?

    JoeTheHobo..Please don't compare gay struggles to black struggles. It's grossly offensive. And I am a member of the LGBT community.

  13. emily says – reply to this


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    The subcommittee working on this issue so far voted to remove the "incompatible" language from the Book of Discipline. Next it goes to the full committee on issues of church and society, and then to the 1,000 delegates.



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    Re: Disney – Bigotry is bigotry, whether it's felt for black people or gay people. This should not be that difficult for you to understand. The black community knows the struggle for rights better than most other people, so they can appreciate the struggle we go through. Don't get me wrong, the discrimination the black community felt during their struggle was much, much, worse than the discrimination gay people are experiencing, and I wasn't insinuating it wasn't. The reason why the gay community has been and will continue to be compared to the black community is because they both have experienced or are experiencing legislative discrimination and social discrimination. The fact that this country is ignoring and sometimes repeating the horrible things it did to the black community and now to the gay community is an insult to the struggle of the black community. This comparison should be no surprise to you, and your holier-than-thou attitude will score you no brownie points for attempting to trivialize the persecution many people in this country are still experiencing today. This is a fact, and to deny it is simply irrational, whether you're gay or not. Your insistance on focusing on who was getting picked on the hardest instead of fixing the problem in the first place helps no one.



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    Re: DD – There's a difference between being a Christian and a bigot. Which one do you think we really hate?

  16. WEHOMethodist says – reply to this


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    The debate is over. LGBT folks lost. The phrase "Homosexuality is Incompatable with Christian Teaching" will be retained in the Book of Discipline. They wouldn't even accept a statement that said the church was divided on the issue, which was voted down 33 yes and 34 no. Seems the UMC is allergic to honesty.

  17. FromTampaWithLove says – reply to this


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    Re: CanadianMommy – z
    No one expects the entire world to change their beliefs for us; we just expect them to let us practice our faith without being excluded and discriminated against.

  18. Liz says – reply to this


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    To clarify, Christianity is a religion Methodist is the denomination. My denomination, Disciples of Christ, in addition to American Baptist and the United Church of Christ (Obama's denomination) already embrace gay clergy. We're hoping the UMC will join us in the persuit of including all in their journey to ministry.

  19. TheN says – reply to this


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    Re: Liz – Let's not forget the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Presbyterian Church (USA).

  20. ucfan79 says – reply to this


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    Guess this didn't work out. The proposal was voted down.

    Girlfriend, you seriously need to read Romans 1&2. You are, of course, entitled to your own opinion, but the facts of the New Testament are (unfortunately) written down. The chapters I suggested are just one of the places the subject is broached in the NT.