Bishop Dyck reflects on same-sex wedding issues

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As United Methodists prepare for the special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, they might learn from the experiences of other denominations that have dealt with their own splits. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Lessons from other denominational divides

United Methodist ecumenical partners Episcopalians, Lutherans and Presbyterians all have faced their own splits related to homosexuality and the Bible. Here is an overview of their experiences.
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The Rev. Althea Spencer Miller. Photo courtesy of Drew University.

Commentary: The plan of 'gracious inclusion'

The Simple Plan would relieve The United Methodist Church of the burdens of discrimination and the responsibility of enforcement by punishment, writes a Drew University Theological School professor.
Rachel Small Stokes is associate pastor of faith development and community life at Union Church in Berea, Kentucky. Photo by Bill Goffinett.

Former members on why they left

Former LGBTQ members of The United Methodist Church talk about why they have left the church.