Proposed amendment rejected by delegates

Adam Hamilton proposed an amendment intended to replace the last paragraph of Paragraph 161.F of the Book of Discipline. Co-authored by Mike Slaughter, the statement declared that “We commit to disagree and respect with love, we commit to love all persons and. above all, we pledge to seek God’s will With regard to homosexuality, as with so many other issues, United Methodists adopt the attitude of John Wesley who once said, ‘Though we cannot think alike, may we not love alike? May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may.'”

After extensive discussion the proposal was turned down by a tally of 439 in favor and 513 opposed.

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The Mississippi Conference and the congregation of First Methodist Church in Louisville, Miss., reached a settlement in a lawsuit over church property filed in 2018 after a majority of the congregation voted to withdraw from The United Methodist Church. This file photo shows the church sign in 2018. Photo courtesy of First Methodist Church.

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