A global denomination, a clash of principles, and the coming reckoning
United Methodist Church
As I work today, my mind travels to the United Methodist clergy who came out as LGBTQ before the General Conference, to challenge the denomination’s policy which bans the ordination of “practicing homosexuals.” While the number is stunning, I keep thinking of each individual person who has risked their livelihood and calling, for this historic moment.
A growing number of UMC clergy are performing same-sex weddings in open defiance of the Book of Discipline. What happens next?
The General Conference of the United Methodist Church convened in Tampa last week. I’m not one of the 988 delegates who have descended on Florida to do the work of our church, nor of the 4,000 hosts, bishops, pages, translators and myriad lobbyists there to help. My participation is limited to following the proceedings from 1,000 miles away. Still, my emotions have been all over the place. And judging from Twitter and Facebook, this roller coaster of highs and lows is almost universal among those who are there. The stakes feel high this year, higher than usual.
Is the United Methodist Church an American denomination with extensions overseas? Or is it a worldwide communion?
"If the bishop admits to knowing that I was gay, then she gets in trouble. The system is set up so that truth will not be told."