Methodists retain policies on homosexuality

A quadrennial ritual
In what is almost an every-four-years ritual, the United Methodist Church has upheld traditional rules on homosexuality, refusing to support or celebrate same-sex unions and maintaining language that calls homosexual activity “incompatible with Christian teaching.”

Many Methodists who gathered in Fort Worth, Texas, wanted to see the church’s official stance acknowledge the continuing sharp disagreement over sexuality and biblical interpretation within the largest mainline denomination. But delegates narrowly rejected efforts to remove the “incompatible” phrase at the ten-day quadrennial General Conference that ended May 2.


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