The Book of Discipline and the UM HandbookClick here for more information. The results on all five show how our denomination is moving in an increasingly orthodox, faithful direction overall, whether our bishops like it or not. Last year, United Methodist pastors and laypeople around the world met in their respective annual conference sessions and voted on five proposed constitutional amendments. At that point in the process, there was no opportunity to amend any amendment—each one had to be voted either up or down in its entirety. But there were good-governance concerns about adding an entire new paragraph to our limited Constitution anytime anyone has a well-intentioned idea, especially when much of the wording is redundant. Were it not for that one sentence, I expect Amendment 1 would have passed overwhelmingly, with no significant opposition. I strongly affirm every other sentence, without hesitation.
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Whether one favors any of the current future proposals, there's still time to shape the church through different legislation, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more. Any United Methodist individual or organization may submit petitions to change the Book of Discipline through Sept. Central Conference structures outside of the United States pre-date the uniquely American Jurisdictional structure as the level of regional organizing between the Annual and the General Conference. Legislation can be used to enforce, but it is rarely effective in persuading people to change their minds, so remaining and resisting continues to be a viable option, writes Dr.
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At a special conference in St. This is a consequential vote for the future of the United Methodist Church: Many progressive churches will now almost certainly consider leaving the denomination. While the UMC in the United States is roughly evenly divided between those who identify as traditionalists and those who identify as moderates and liberals, it is also a global organization. Many of the growing communities in the Philippines or countries in Africa are committed to theological teachings against same-sex relationships and marriages. Methodists are in mourning for a United Methodist Church that might be on the brink of a mass exodus. For years, LGBTQ Methodists, clergy, and their supporters have argued that people of all sexual orientations and gender identities should be fully included in the denomination as leaders, and that their families should be recognized.
D uke University, which prides itself on being an elite and cosmopolitan institution of higher learning, has suddenly reminded the world—and probably many of its own astonished students—that it has a religious affiliation with the United Methodist Church. The 93 Methodist-affiliated institutions, which serve about , students nationwide, are mostly divinity schools and small- to medium-size colleges. None of the presidents of these four behemoths seem to belong to the UMC. Burwell secretary of health and human services under Obama was raised Episcopalian. Brown and Emory University president Claire E. Sterk profess. All the other major mainline Protestant denominations—the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church USA , the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the United Church of Christ—have amended their canons over the years to permit gay and lesbian ordinations and same-sex weddings fairly freely typically with a few hedges aimed at mollifying conservative churchgoers and clergy.