Institute on Religion & Democracy

Denominational divide

Churches | The United Methodist Church is heading for a split, leaving lots of questions
by Mary Reichard
Posted 1/10/20, 02:39 pm

On Jan. 3, a group of leaders in the United Methodist Church crafted a proposal to divide the denomination into separate liberal and conservative communions.

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Methodists plan church split

by Kent Covington
Posted 1/06/20, 10:29 am

United Methodist Church leaders from around the world have revealed plans to resolve disagreements over same-sex marriage and homosexual clergy by splitting the church and forming a new denomination. The proposal announced on Friday outlines an amicable divorce after delegates in St. Louis last year voted 438-384 to uphold Biblical marriage.

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Southern Baptists address abuse in the church

by Harvest Prude
Posted 6/10/19, 12:04 pm

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has recommended changes for handling claims of sexual abuse in its churches ahead of the denomination’s annual meeting this week in Birmingham, Ala. The SBC formed the Sexual Abuse Advisory Group in July 2018 and the group issued a report on Saturday containing first-person accounts from survivors and acknowledging a variety of failures in how the SBC has responded to abuse, including minimizing incidents and failing to report crimes.

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