A theologically conservative group has endorsed a plan for “amicable separation” for The United Methodist Church due to the denomination’s ongoing debate over LGBT issues.
Over the past several years, the UMC has experienced increasingly divisive debates over the church body’s official stance against homosexuality, gay marriage, and the ordination of noncelibate homosexual clergy.
The Wesleyan Covenant Association released a statement last Thursday expressing their leadership’s support for the Indianapolis Plan for Amicable Separation, a proposal that will be considered at the UMC General Conference next year.
The Rev. Jeff Greenway, chairman of the WCA Council, said in a statement that the council vote in favor of the Indianapolis Plan came after considerable debate.
“It was at times a tense debate for the council, but always a respectful one,” explained Greenway. “All the members of our council, both laity and clergy, have given years of service to The United Methodist Church; they have faithfully supported it with their talents, their time, and their service.”
“So it was obviously a very hard and painful decision to conclude some form of separation is the only viable way forward given the great impasse that threatens the denomination and its local churches.”
The Indianapolis Plan was created over the summer through meetings of a 12-person group of United Methodist leaders, including centrists, progressives and conservatives.
Named for the city in which the group met, the plan calls for the creation of a Traditionalist denomination, a Centrist denomination, and possibly a Progressive denomination.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski