The latest reports from the United Methodist Church claim a total of more than 11 million members worldwide. The Methodist branch of Protestantism traces its roots back to where it developed in England as a result of the teachings of John Wesley. While studying at Oxford, Wesley, his brother Charles, and several other students formed a group devoted to study, prayer and helping the needy. They were labeled "Methodist" because of the way they used "rule" and "method" to go about their religious affairs.
United Methodists Tighten Ban on Same-Sex Marriage and Gay Clergy
United Methodist Church announces plan to split over same-sex marriage | The Seattle Times
By Katharine Jackson. Reuters - The United Methodist Church voted on Tuesday to uphold and strengthen its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy in a move likely to alienate large numbers of followers who had pushed for reform. Known as the Traditional Plan, the new policy includes penalties for breaking its rules and asks those who will not obey it to find another church. The Traditional Plan is designed to serve as a coherent United Methodist Church policy on LGBT clergy and their marriage practices after years of inconsistency among individual United Methodist churches, with some churches denouncing homosexuality as a sin and others embracing gay and lesbian clergy members. Before opting for the Traditional Plan, delegates rejected an alternative known as the One Church Plan, which would have allowed individual churches to decide whether to perform same-sex marriages and welcome gay and lesbian clergy members.
United Methodist split delayed, thanks to coronavirus
At the St. Louis conference in February, the denomination decided that United Methodist churches and clergy could face removal if they do not affirm its stance against gay marriage and non-celibate LGBT clergy by The new proposal calls for a traditionalist Methodist denomination that would continue its opposition to gay marriage and the ordination to LGBT clergy. The other denomination would allow same-sex weddings and gay clergy.
Meg Anderson. A rainbow gay pride flag flies below the U. The United Methodist Church announced a proposal Friday to split the denomination over what it called "fundamental differences" regarding its beliefs on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy. The proposal, signed by 16 church leaders from around the world, will be voted on at the church's general conference in May.