A GC2012 Conversation with Kathy Gilbert and Tita Parham

I sat down with Kathy Gilbert and Tita Parham this morning to talk briefly about what happened during yesterday morning’s plenary session at GC2012.Two items stating Christians have different opinions about homosexuality were not approved by the 2012 General Conference, which means the original language of the Book of Discipline, Paragraph 161F, remains in effect:

The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching.

Also, if you haven’t heard it, yesterday’s GC2012Radio podcast was an audio montage of the day.

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