Sexuality

General Agencies
During a June 25 online meeting, the General Council on Finance and Administration board voted to update local-church statistical forms to include the option of non-binary under the category of gender. This change only affects the U.S. Excerpt of the current church statistical form highlighted for emphasis by UM News.

Church to start counting non-binary members

The board of The United Methodist Church’s finance agency approved adding the term “non-binary” alongside “male” and “female” on church statistical forms. The change only affects U.S. congregations.
General Church
An excerpt from the full-page ad placed in the May 9 issue of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by a group of North Georgia Conference laity. The ad was an open letter to Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson seeking answers around the appointment dispute at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, LGBTQ inclusion and the future of the church. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Georgia group questions bishop in full-page ad

The advertisement in the Sunday Atlanta Journal-Constitution seeks transparency from the North Georgia bishop on disputes around a pastoral appointment, LGBTQ inclusion and the future of the church.
General Church
The Rev. Nathan Ndayiziga, a Methodist pastor from Burundi, gives communion to Emilia Lovejoy during a 2019 service at HopeGateWay Church in Portland, Maine. The church is among multiple congregations in the process of disaffiliating from The United Methodist Church. HopeGateWay is doing so in solidarity with LGBTQ members. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Sara Ewing-Merrill.

Churches across theological spectrum exiting

Churches in Maine and Texas and the largest church in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference are in the process of severing ties with The United Methodist Church.
General Church
Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr. addresses the Liberia Annual Conference meeting in Gbarnga, Liberia, in March. Quire is among African bishops in The United Methodist Church who have been discussing a denominational split and what that might mean for them and their conferences. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

African bishops not united on church future

Three episcopal leaders from Africa signal they would go with a new traditionalist denomination if The United Methodist Church splits, but others aren’t joining in such statements.

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