Silent protest

During the Tuesday afternoon session about two dozen protesters walked silently up and down the General Conference hall, outside the boundary around the delegate seating, with signs protesting current United Methodist Church policies dealing with LGBT issues.

Rev. Sue Laurie held a sign reading “Lesbian Pastor.” Other signs read “Is there grace for me?” and “I am gay by God’s grace.”

Previous General Conferences have been interrupted by organized protests that have disrupted the work of the delegates. The work of the General Conference, which at the time was honoring the United Methodist Church’s pan-Methodist brothers and sisters, continued during Tuesday’s protest. The song being sung, “No Walls,” seemed very appropriate for both issues.


Like what you're reading? Support the ministry of UM News! Your support ensures the latest denominational news, dynamic stories and informative articles will continue to connect our global community. Make a tax-deductible donation at ResourceUMC.org/GiveUMCom.

Sign up for our newsletter!

UMNEWS-SUBSCRIPTION
Local Church
Rick Reinhard. Photo by Valerie Smallwood.

Church must tackle its real estate crisis

The United Methodist Church has significant property holdings, but lack of a strategy for handling them poses a financial threat to the denomination.
General Church
The Rev. Dr. William B. Lawrence. Photo by Todd W. Lawrence.

Asking United Methodist questions

Discussions over a split in the denomination raise complicated questions related to United Methodist polity.
Social Concerns
Laura Derr. Photo courtesy of the author.

Systems that nurtured me had opposite effect on others

Understanding white privilege leads to a commitment to changing society’s racist structures.