LGBT-Supporting UMC Churches in ‘Wait and See’ Mode After Traditional Plan is Upheld by Church Court

Left-leaning congregations and LGBT activists within the United Methodist Church are looking to next year’s General Conference in the hopes they can change the denomination’s stance on homosexuality.

Despite failing to change the denomination’s official position against homosexuality and same-sex marriage at a special session of General Conference in February or through its highest court last month, there appears to be little movement away from the UMC by progressive congregations and activists.

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson, head of the Eastern Pennsylvania and Peninsula-Delaware Conferences, told The Christian Post that many remain in a “wait and see” mode.

“I have not received any such notifications from any congregations wishing to disaffiliate. Some have asked me to come to their churches and answer questions about the process and this I have done,” said Bishop Johnson.

“The UM Church is holding another General Conference in 2020 and many feel that the results of that conference (only a year away) will produce new legislation that could change the shape of things or not.”

Bridget Cabrera, executive director of the LGBT group Methodist Federation for Social Action, told CP that she was unaware of any “individual LGBTQIA+ affirming churches that are taking steps to leave the denomination.”

“We are continuing to resist and show our dissent from the General Conference ruling,” said Cabrera. “There is continued organizing around building communities and systems of protection for LGBTQIA+ persons and clergy allies that seek to speak out against these policies and live into the Gospel of God’s inclusive love.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski