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United Methodists Debate, Lobby and Worry in Advance of LGBT Decision

United Methodists Debate, Lobby and Worry in Advance of LGBT Decision
At a recent gathering of United Methodists, organizers sold purple T-shirts quoting the Methodist founder John Wesley’s instruction: “Do Not Rashly Tear Asunder.” In Methodist circles these days, citing the founder’s admonition can be understood only as a plea for an amicable solution to the denomination’s coming showdown over homosexuality.

United Methodist Annual Conferences Meet with Position on Homosexuality Uncertain

United Methodist Annual Conferences Meet with Position on Homosexuality Uncertain
“Our denomination is in chaos,” said the Rev. Mike Slaughter, pastor emeritus of Ginghamsburg Church, a United Methodist congregation near Dayton, Ohio. “Our bishops don’t agree with each other. I hear fear. I hear denial. We’ve come to this place where we reflect what’s going on in our national politics now. It’s a sad day.”