The Church and Human Sexuality

The United Methodist Church affirms “that sexuality is God’s good gift to all persons. We call everyone to responsible stewardship of this sacred gift.” This affirmation is part of the denomination’s Social Principles.

At the 2016 General Conference, the Council of Bishops proposed the formation of a Commission on a Way Forward to examine and possible revise every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality. A special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019 will take up proposals related to church unity and homosexuality.

We invite you to learn more about this topic. If you have more questions, contact InfoServ, and we will put you in touch with the appropriate church contact.

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Kenneth Feinberg (holding microphone), speaks during a livestreamed panel discussion in Tampa, Fla., with members of the team that developed a new proposal that would maintain The United Methodist Church but allow traditionalist congregations to separate into a new denomination. Feinberg moderated the work of the team that created the proposal, called the "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.” Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Panel offers peek behind scenes of separation plan

United Methodist participants talk about forming Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation in livestream.
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On Jan. 3, a 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders offered the “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” proposal to preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing for a new traditionalist-minded denomination. UM News reports on the process the group took to arrive at its plan. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Protocol process painful but fruitful

Participants in mediation talk about how agreement was found among markedly different perspectives for the future of The United Methodist Church.
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Famed mediator Kenneth Feinberg speaks during a forum at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, in May 2011. Feinberg helped a diverse group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders reach an agreement, released Jan. 3, on a "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation." Photo courtesy of the Miller Center, Creative Commons.

Feinberg kept church negotiators at table

Mediator of 9/11 victims' fund played key role in separation plan worked out by diverse team of United Methodist leaders.