Human Sexuality

Social Concerns
The Rev. Anna Blaedel (at microphone) speaks during the Iowa Annual Conference in June 2016. Blaedel is facing a church trial after being charged under the ban against ordination of a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.” File photo by Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference.

Iowa clergyperson to face trial

The Rev. Anna Blaedel is charged with violating The United Methodist Book of Discipline as a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.”
Social Concerns
A definition of the initials LGBTQ adapted from dictionary.com. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Scholars gather to champion LGBTQ inclusion

About 60 United Methodist scholars who support LGBTQ inclusion will gather for a livestreamed discussion of Scripture, Wesleyan values and the denomination’s future.
Annual Conferences
Clergy and lay members from the East Ohio Conference use their voting cards during the 2019 annual conference held at Lakeside Chautauqua. They use cards to cast votes for motions, resolutions and petitions but secret ballot for delegate elections. The conference elected a mix of delegates who support and oppose the Traditional Plan. Photo by Brett Hetherington, East Ohio Conference Communications.

US elections see shift in GC2020 delegates

U.S. annual conferences elected more delegates opposed to the Traditional Plan, but traditionalists say they still have the majority.
General Church
The California-Nevada Annual Conference service of commissioning and ordination included six LGBTQ elders, deacons and local pastors. Front row, from left are: The Revs. Emily Pickens-Jones and Caiti Hamilton. Back row, from left are: The Revs. Tara Limbaugh, Rob Herrmann, Jacey Pickens-Jones and Kenneth Schoon. Photo by The Rev. Israel I. Alvaran.

California-Nevada has 6 new LGBTQ clergy

2019 California-Nevada Annual conference ordained, commissioned or licensed 13 clergy.

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