Human Sexuality

Social Concerns
The congregation of First United Methodist Church Moheto in southwestern Kenya votes to become reconciling. With the Sept. 1 vote, the congregation announced its intentions to support the equality of LGBTQ people in church life. Photo courtesy of First United Methodist Church Moheto.

First church in Africa becomes reconciling

A United Methodist congregation in southwestern Kenya voted to work toward full equality of LGBTQ people in the life of the church.
Social Concerns
UMCNext, a coalition that includes Reconciling Ministries Network, Uniting Methodists and Mainstream UMC, has offered a plan that would end The United Methodist Church's restrictions against same-sex weddings and LGBTQ ordination and offer a gracious exit to local churches that disagree with those changes.

UMCNext plan would end LGBTQ restrictions

Coalition of centrists and progressives favors removing restrictions on LGBTQ ordination and same-sex weddings, allowing exit plan for churches that disagree.
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.

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