What happens next hinges on questions that are not just theological, but financial. Some congregations have celebrated same-sex weddings and had gay, lesbian and transgender pastors, at times receiving church approval to do so even though it technically violated church policy. Some of the May 9 letter signers are among the delegates. Tom Berlin of Virginia, a member of the church's legislative committee. You have many destabilizing forces affecting Methodist life generally at the same. May 1, Some 30 percent of General Conference delegates come from Africa, where the majority of nations criminalize same-sex behavior.
The UMC has not seen the last of the queer community.
The seven million members of the United Methodist Church in the United States often do not fit within easy political categories. When the Rev. Contact her at or newsdesk umcom. Karen Oliveto, one of the letter signers and a delegate from the California-Nevada Conference, said she hopes her fellow General Conference delegates will consider the more than 1, years of combined ministerial experience the signers bring to the church.
What happens next hinges on questions that are not just theological, but financial.