The United Methodist Church's internal struggle over the Protestant denomination's stance on homosexuality has become increasingly public over the past few years.
Although the UMC's official position is that of declaring homosexuality sinful and barring practicing homosexuals from the ministry, a number of clergy, groups, and congregations want the church to change. One group, known as the Reconciling Ministries Network, seeks to unite churches under their banner, creating a more inclusive atmosphere for the LGBT community.
Back in the 1980s, RMN created a program in which UMC congregations could become "Reconciling Congregations." more >>
A mainline Protestant denomination whose governing documents declare homosexuality incompatible with Christianity will soon offer benefits to same-sex couples.
The United Methodist Church's General Council on Finance and Administration will provide benefits to agency employees with same-gender spouses. While the UMC GCFA decision derived from a vote taken last year, it was not until last week that the highest court in the denomination ruled that it was acceptable.
During its April session in Little Rock, Arkansas, the United Methodist Judicial Council ruled in Decision No. 1264 that the GCFA's benefits expansion did not contradict the guidelines of the Book of Discipline. more >>
A petition signed by over 22,000 people was sent to a regional leadership of the United Methodist Church in defense of a pastor who officiated a same-sex wedding.
Faithful America gave a copy of their petition to the UMC North Texas Annual Conference on Tuesday to demand that no trial be held for retired pastor Bill McElvaney.
"Please join Bishop Martin McLee in committing not to put pastors on trial for performing gay weddings. It's time to put Jesus' commandment to love our neighbors ahead of unjust church rules," reads the petition, posted in March. more >>
A large congregation in Texas that voted to terminate their affiliation with Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences has selected a new senior pastor.
Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas announced last Sunday that Reverend Bryan H. Dunagan will fill the position.
"The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is thrilled to introduce our next Senior Pastor, the Rev. Bryan H. Dunagan, a native Texan who has been serving as the Teaching Pastor at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia," reads the announcement on their website. "...the PNC has done considerable work on your behalf searching, praying and seeking God's guidance at every turn." more >>
NASHVILLE – Q Ideas head Gabe Lyons recently found himself pondering why his group's conferences with the one-letter name still boast an enigmatic identity.
"When I've had to quickly explain Q, I've described it as 'a convening of capable Christian leaders intent on learning and collaborating toward what the Church's future role in society ought to be," Lyons wrote earlier this month. "On cue, people's eyes glaze over.
"At other times I've tried to distinguish by what describing what it's not: 'The event for leaders who hate going to events,'" the author of The Next Christians, continued. more >>
A large number of seminary graduates are dealing with overwhelming debt upon graduation, according to a new study by a research organization connected to Auburn Theological Seminary.
Many of these graduates are forced to moonlight at other jobs to make ends meet, found the Center for the Study of Theological Education.