Here We Go: Liberal Methodists Form New Denomination That Welcomes All ‘Gender Expressions and Sexual Identity’ Ahead of Expected Split Within UMC Over LGBT Issues

A group of theologically progressive United Methodists and others have formed a new denomination in advance of an expected schism within the United Methodist Church over LGBT issues.

Known as the Liberation Methodist Connexion (LMX), the creation of the new group was announced Sunday during an online worship service.

“We are a grassroots denomination of former, current, and non-Methodist faith leaders working on the unfolding of the kin-dom of God,” they explain on their website.

“We intentionally invite the full participation of all who are living out their God-given identities and expressions.”

Those they welcome include all “gender expressions and sexual identity,” “religious or non-religious backgrounds,” “races and ethnicities,” “size,” and “monogamous and non-monogamous.”

“We are journeying toward a new way of being followers of Christ that refute the imbalance of powers, principalities, and privileges that has plagued Methodism: colonialism, white supremacy, economic injustices, patriarchy, sexism, clericalism, ableism, ageism, transphobia, and heteronormativity,” stated the LMX.

“We trust God’s presence and our collaborative labors will guide us toward a new, more liberative way of answering our calling and being in connexion together.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski

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