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The United Methodist Church, with an estimated However, many church leaders, including local pastors, welcome gays and lesbians as church members and support their basic human rights. The United Methodist Church now has The church is founded on three basic principles: 1 Do no harm, avoiding evil of all kinds; 2 Do good, of every possible sort, and as far as possible, to all; and 3 Practice "the ordinances of God," engaging in individual and communal spiritual practices such as prayer, Bible reading, worship and the Lord's Supper. The global church structure mirrors the United States government with judicial, executive and legislative branches. The legislative branch—the General Conference—meets every four years to set church policy.
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Homosexuality and Methodism

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Stances of Faiths on LGBTQ Issues: The United Methodist Church - HRC

Methodist viewpoints concerning homosexuality are diverse because there is no one denomination which represents all Methodists. The World Methodist Council , which represents most Methodist denominations, has no official statements regarding sexuality. British Methodism holds a variety of views, and permits ministers to bless same-gender marriages. The African Methodist Episcopal Church does not approve of the ordination of openly gay persons to the ranks of the clergy in the Church. In a historic decision, which marked the first vote on the issue of marriage rights for same-sex couples by a predominantly African-American denomination, the African Methodist Episcopal Church unanimously voted to forbid ministers from blessing same-sex unions in July Further, by observing the teaching of Scripture regarding sexual conduct.
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With split over gay marriage delayed, United Methodists face a year in limbo

Instead, the United Methodist Church was forced to postpone the potentially momentous conference, leaving its various factions in limbo for perhaps 16 more months. The conference was to have taken place at the Minneapolis Convention Center starting Tuesday, running through May Instead, bishops are proposing to hold it there Aug. The differences have simmered for years, and came to a head in February at a conference in St.
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Church delegates will take an official vote in May. Hannah Kardon, teaching pastor at Urban Village Church in Wicker Park, stopped by Reset to talk about what the potential split could mean for her congregation. Hannah Kardon: A vote took place that put into place much harsher penalties for the same homophobic policies that had been technically the policies of the church for a very long time. So the consequences for clergy who chose to do same-sex marriages, for queer people trying to get ordained were going to be much more significant … and it was also, I think, simply a testimony to where many in the church were that caused great mourning for those of us who are queer or who love queer people … of how far away we were from many of our colleagues in the church. Kardon: It represented how big the division was between different parts of the church.
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