Saturday, August 15, 2015
United Methodist Church conferences move to strike anti-homosexual language by 2016 from denomination
While at a volunteer event at the Mount Olivet Methodist Church in Arlington VA, I noticed a copy of the denominational magazine “The Advocate” (not to be confused with a commercial LGBT periodical by the same name), I saw mention of the Virginia Annual Conference, and the vote to approve a Petition 14, to eliminate the sentence “The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching”, from the United Methodist Book of Discipline. A vote on the measure before the whole denomination can occur in 2016.
The Religion News Service has a broader report on LGBT rights in the United Methodist denomination here. One matter contains an action in New York State against a Methodist pastor for performing same-sex weddings.
The Baltimore-Washington conference also approved a petition to remove that sentence on homosexuality from the church code.