Sexuality

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Minnesota Conference clergy and laity gathered at Normandale Hylands United Methodist Church hold table talk discussions about the three plans set to be considered by the special General Conference. Many United Methodist Conferences have been having town all meetings to explain the plans and give people a chance to share opinions about them. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Decisions won't stop with General Conference

All three Way Forward plans hold at least potential for tough votes by local churches, conferences.
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Alabama-West Florida Bishop David Graves answered questions in the packed sanctuary at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Ala. The gathering was one of many held in churches around the globe to hear the three main legislative options that emerged for special General Conference 2019. Photo by Luke Lucas, AWF Communications Specialist.

Big crowds for meetings on denomination’s future

United Methodists coming with questions and opinions to conference gatherings before special General Conference to address divisions over homosexuality.
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The Rev. Thomas E. Bowsher.

Commentary: Officially or unofficially, church will separate

No matter how much we value our shared heritage, the Rev. Thomas E. Bowsher believes The United Methodist Church is already divided and cannot be reconciled.
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The Rev. Jay Williams, lead pastor of Union United Methodist Church in Boston, speaks about his problems with the One Church Plan during the For Everyone Born convocation in St. Louis. Williams is a supporter of the Simple Plan legislation to remove restrictive language against homosexuality. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

New group pushes Simple Plan as way forward

The group promotes legislation it says will allow full participation of LGBTQ individuals in the life of the denomination.

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