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The great divide

Religion | Liberal Methodists may be digging in for a fight in the UMC
by Jamie Dean
Posted 3/14/19, 03:48 pm

At a breakfast gathering in St. Louis on the first morning of a special meeting of the United Methodist Church (UMC) in February, Jerry Kulah set the table for the events of the next few days.

The UMC delegate had traveled all the way from Liberia to participate in the international meeting that would decide whether Methodists insist their clergy uphold Biblical teaching on marriage and sexuality or allow churches to decide for themselves.

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Methodists vote to uphold Biblical sexuality

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/27/19, 10:31 am

The United Methodist Church on Tuesday voted at its international conference in St. Louis, Mo., to apply its standards on Biblical marriage and sexuality more consistently throughout the denomination. The proposal, called the “Traditional Plan,” calls for better enforcement of existing church rules barring Methodist ministers from officiating same-sex weddings or being openly homosexual.

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SBC leader proposes reforms to address sexual abuse

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 2/19/19, 12:22 pm

The leader of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) on Monday announced proposed changes following an investigative report published last week finding widespread sexual abuse by pastors, staff, and volunteers in the denomination. “Brothers and sisters, there is a problem,” SBC President J.D. Greear said during prepared remarks at a two-day meeting of the denomination’s executive committee. “This is not a fabricated story made up by people with a secular agenda.

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