On May 4, 2012, at the Love Your Neighbor Tabernacle, United Methodists from all over the country gathered to affirm their support for marriage equality and celebrate clergy who have affirmed to offer the church’s blessing to all couples. Currently, The United Methodist Church prohibits clergy from performing weddings and recognizing same-gender couples.
United Methodist Clergy Rally to Support for Marriage Equality United Methodists from across the United States will gather to affirm their support for marriage equality. The event will celebrate clergy who affirm they will offer the Church’s blessing to all couples. Currently, the United Methodist Church prohibits clergy from performing weddings and recognizing same-gender couples. [...]
- Matt Smith, The Bay Citizen - Delegates at the United Methodist Church’s global convention on Thursday rejected proposals to eliminate a rule declaring homosexuality “incompatible” with Christianity. The 572 to 368 vote was a defeat for gay rights activists who have tried for years to change church doctrine. “God is weeping,” said Karen Oliveto, [...]
My name is Giselle Lawn, from Calhoun, Georgia, in the North Georgia Conference, and I love the Lord. I lived my entire life in the closet, suppressing the person God had created me to be and living according to societal norms and expectations until six years ago. Please join with me for a short prayer. [...]
In week two of the UMC General Conference, lesbians, gay men, bisexual, and transgender persons continue the wait for a word of welcome from the UMC denomination. Like the Psalmist, we ask, “How long, O Lord?” — it has been 40 years since the “incompatibility clause” was added to the denomination’s Book of Discipline; the [...]
Bishop Melvin Talbert speaks out about the importance of opening our doors to everyone. “For the past forty years,” he says, “our church has expended too much energy on establishing walls to keep people out. And that’s the issue of GLBT people. We can talk and preach about our commitment to make disciples of Jesus [...]