A Messy Methodist Church Schism

Theological divisions are never pretty. The United Methodist Church—America’s third-largest religious body with over 6.2 million members—stands alone in its teachings on sexuality. Hundreds of congregations have voted to leave the denomination, which had 13 million members worldwide as of 2020, and thousands are more likely to do so. On August 7, the second and seventh largest United Methodism churches by attendance, both in the Houston area, voted to secede from the denomination.

What brought United Methodism to this divide was its governing body’s 2019 “Traditional Plan” — a document that reaffirmed the ban on same-sex marriage and mandated that all clergy should be celibate when single and monogamous when they were were married. This distinguishes the church from almost every other Protestant denomination. The traditionalists won thanks to the votes of conservative African delegates, whose churches have grown by millions while the US has fallen by almost the same magnitude.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-messy-methodist-schism-united-global-church-sex-general-conference-florida-africa-2024-tradition-11660855107 A Messy Methodist Church Schism

Alley Einstein

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