United Methodist Church and Homosexuals. You Cannot Be a Christian Leader.

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    Jan 18, 2015 6:28 PM GMT
    The current teaching of The United Methodist Church, as approved by its General Conference (the highest legislative body in the church) is this:

    We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God. All persons need the ministry of the Church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self.

    The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching.

    We affirm that God’s grace is available to all. We will seek to live together in Christian community, welcoming, forgiving, and loving one another, as Christ has loved and accepted us.

    We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends. We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons.

    (Book of Discipline, para. 161F)


    At present, the denomination prohibits "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" from serving as ordained ministers, but does not exclude them from staff or leadership positions as lay people.
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    Jan 20, 2015 12:08 PM GMT
    So glad I left Methodism and am now a Unitarian. icon_lol.gif

    It was a Unitarians who with the Quakers and Liberal Judaism got the law changed to allow Religious Gay Marriages on the grounds that the law as it stood forbidding them was dsicriminatory. yay.
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    Jan 20, 2015 4:36 PM GMT
    Rowing_Ant saidSo glad I left Methodism and am now a Unitarian. icon_lol.gif

    It was a Unitarians who with the Quakers and Liberal Judaism got the law changed to allow Religious Gay Marriages on the grounds that the law as it stood forbidding them was dsicriminatory. yay.


    I'm pro civil unions and think gay marriage is political expediency. Gay marriage is only civil union in my mind. Spiritually, it's spiritual union. Religiously, it's an earthly and spiritual union.
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    Jan 20, 2015 7:54 PM GMT
    StephenOABCAt present, the denomination prohibits "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" from serving as ordained ministers, but does not exclude them from staff or leadership positions as lay people.


    On the other hand, the Methodist church in the UK has accepted homosexual ministers for over 20 years. Although technically ministers are expected to refrain from sex outside of marriage, so they couldn't be practicing. But that's about sex rather than sexuality, and supposedly self-enforced.
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    Jan 21, 2015 10:48 AM GMT
    I don't understand gay people's desire to be part of any religion. Intellectually it makes no sense, but then again I've met seemingly intelligent people who are JWs, Mormons, and other wacky "Christian" cults.