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A proposed split in the United Methodist Church could be good news for colleges that struggled with whether to retain their church affiliation.


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Under an agreement to be voted on in May, a new “traditionalist Methodist” denomination would continue to ban same-sex marriage and gay.


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After half a century of ambiguous policy regarding LGBTQ inclusion, the United Methodist Church may well split up in May.


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The measures included a one-year suspension for the first offense and removal from the clergy after that and were set to go into effect on Jan. The nine-page plan , dated Dec. The vote and measures introduced at that conference signaled a growing divide between Methodists in the United States and those in less-developed, more socially conservative countries, particularly in Africa and Asia. NPR Shop. The controversy itself has been a stumbling block toward our larger mission. The new traditionalist denomination, once separate, would open the door for the existing United Methodist Church to repeal the church's ban on same-sex marriages and LGBTQ clergy. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. Leaders at that conference also introduced tougher measures against clergy who officiate at same-sex marriages. Currently, ordained pastors are not allowed to perform same-sex marriages, risking disciplinary action if they do, and "practicing" LGBTQ people also cannot become ordained pastors, according to the church's book of discipline. Part of that begins immediately. Meredith says the protocol speaks to where he believes the United Methodist Church is called to go. The proposal, signed by 16 church leaders from around the world, will be voted on at the church's general conference in May. He referenced a banner outside his church that reads, "No matter what the politician, the TV preacher, your income, your diagnosis, your documents, your relationship says about you, you're a beloved child of God. Those decisions must be made by the end of , according to the proposal, and any church moving to another Methodist denomination would maintain its assets and liabilities. Local churches would be able to choose whether they want to stay in the United Methodist Church or join a new denomination. The protocol immediately puts into effect an abeyance, which means that complaint goes "into a drawer where it can collect dust. The plan largely focused on the distribution of financial assets. Meredith is gay and has been married since Meredith, who signed the protocol representing progressive groups, says that he is under complaint from the church for marrying a man, but that his immediate supervisors and his congregation are happy to have him continue to serve as pastor. Keith Boyette, president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, who signed the protocol representing traditionalist views. Enlarge this image.

Meg Anderson. A rainbow gay pride flag flies below the U. Methodists Move Closer To Split.

They would describe it as an answer to prayer," says the Rev. If passed, it would allow for a "traditionalist" denomination to separate from the United Methodist Church, the second largest Protestant denomination in the U. January 4, PM ET. 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. In the U. Pension plans for current clergy and lay employees would also remain in place.