Homosexuality on United Methodist General Conference's docket

  • metta

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    Apr 24, 2012 6:02 PM GMT
    Homosexuality on United Methodist General Conference's docket


    (Note: article from anti-gay web site)

    "Nearly 1,000 delegates representing 12 million church members are on hand in Tampa for today's start of the 11-day 2012 United Methodist General Conference, where homosexuality is the top issue of controversy."

    "The U.S. church, where all the liberals are located, is declining and losing representation, while the Africans, who are very conservative, will probably become a majority within the denomination within ten years or less," Tooley predicts. "So, this year, 2012, may be the last opportunity for the liberal side to win on sexual issues."

    http://www.onenewsnow.com/Church/Default.aspx?id=1583514
  • LJay

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    Apr 24, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    Hmmm...

    I am in the US and well-acquainted with a Methodist Church. Be assured that no one could reasonably call it liberal.
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    Apr 24, 2012 7:34 PM GMT
    I have been going with a couple of straight friends to a free methodist church near me in Long Beach, CA. I just found out they don't let gay or bisexual people join their church. I was pretty much floored about that. The pastor is sort of associated with Rick Warren of Saddleback Church so should have figured.

    NOTE to metta
    I went to grace united in Long Beach one time. It seemed to be majority white straight couples over 60-70, so not the best match for me.
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    Apr 24, 2012 7:44 PM GMT
    On other issues, specifically race, the death penalty and women, the United Methodist church was always very liberal,one of the most progressive protestant denominations with Lutheran, that is very pro-LGBT. In Columbia, where I work, the "Old money" United Methodist Church in Downtown columbia has a gay sunday school class and has for years... that is VERY unusual in Columbia, SC.
  • metta

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    Apr 24, 2012 8:15 PM GMT
    GLBT Friendly Churches

    And yes, they do have Methodist Churches listed

    http://www.gaychurch.org/find_a_church/find_a_church.htm

    In regards to Long Beach: Grace United UMC
    http://www.graceumclb.org/