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4 reactions to United Methodist Church plan to split over homosexuality debate

4 reactions to United Methodist Church plan to split over homosexuality debate

Reconciling Ministries Network

LGBT activists and allies outside of Oak Lawn United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. In 2014, Oak Lawn affiliated with Reconciling Ministries Network, a pro-LGBT advocacy group seeking to change the UMC's stance on homosexuality and gay marriage. | (Photo: the Reverend Ben Anderson David Hensley)

The theologically liberal Reconciling Ministries Network expressed support for the Protocol, saying in a statement released last week that they see it as an opportunity “for repentance, reform, and reconciliation.”

“RMN supports efforts for broad reform in The United Methodist Church so that the Church can begin to repent of its anti-LGBTQ past and present and so that it can begin a new way of being the Church unpredicated on its U.S.-centric origins,” RMN said.

“In addition, the Church’s inflexible governance processes and structures may have proved adequate in an earlier era, but they are insufficient for the ministry needs of the world today.”

RMN Executive Director Jan Lawrence was among those who crafted the Protocol and among it signatories, representing both RMN and other LGBT advocacy groups.  

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