“It was honest about our disagreement”

Mike Slaughter said of the proposed amendment, by substitution, on homosexuality, to Paragraph 161.F of the Book of Discipline. He said, “It was honest about our disagreement…we are not of one mind.”

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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.
Bishop Richard Wilke. An official portrait courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Gay daughter sent bishop back to Scriptures

The co-author of the popular Disciple Bible study writes about how learning his daughter is gay led him to examine Scriptures about homosexuality more closely.
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.