Sexuality

Social Concerns
Teenager Melody Rudairo Nyamadzi, a junior Parliament representative and a member of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship, urges children to let their voices be heard during a special service led by the children’s ministry at St. Dorcas United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. Photo by the Rev. Taurai Emmanuel Maforo, UM News.

Young United Methodist advocates for abused children

Junior parliamentarian urges Zimbabwe church to listen to children and advocate for their protection.
General Conference
United Methodist bishops and delegates gather together to pray at the front of the stage before a key vote on church policies about homosexuality on Feb. 26 during the special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

Breaking up would be hard to do

The 2020 United Methodist General Conference will continue the denomination’s 47-year debate on homosexuality.
General Church
The Rev. Heecheon Jeon, superintendent of the Central District of the Iowa Conference. Photo courtesy of the Iowa Conference.

Clergyman apologizes for filing complaint

The Rev. Heecheon Jeon has apologized for filing a complaint against the Rev. Anna Blaedel after she stated during an annual conference session that she was a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.”
General Church
The Rev. Jane Graner wipes away tears after her June 3 ordination as an elder in the North Texas Conference. Graner, 57, is openly gay. Church law prohibits ordination of “self-avowed practicing” homosexuals, but conference officials noted her single status and said she qualified for ordination. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

North Texas Conference ordains openly gay pastor

The Rev. Jane Graner, 57, and a lesbian but not ‘practicing,’ achieves dream she’s had since high school.

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