Sexuality

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.
Theology and Education
Lindsay Crossman Chapel on Seminary Street at Baldwin Wallace college.  Photo courtesy of Baldwin Wallace University.

Ohio college severs formal ties with denomination

Baldwin Wallace University names GC2019 actions and its own commitment to LGBTQ inclusion as reasons for disaffiliation.

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