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The United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly convenes Sunday for a high-stakes, three-day meeting likely to determine whether America's second-largest Protestant denomination will fracture due to divisions over same-sex marriage and the ordination of gay clergy. While other mainline Protestant denominations — such as the Episcopal and Presbyterian U. At the church's upcoming General Conference in St.

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A number of U. Most counsel patience as the church waits for its top court, the Judicial Council, to rule on questions raised by the election of a married lesbian. Some bishops outside the United States told United Methodist News Service that they worry Oliveto remaining a bishop will put their ministry at risk, particularly in nations where same-sex activity faces legal barriers.

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Vote by United Methodist Church body to strengthen prohibitions on gay clergy and same-sex marriages disappoints Methodist higher education institutions and raises difficult questions. The UMC-affiliated seminaries also opposed the adoption by the church of the so-called traditional plan, which affirms a ban on gay clergy members and imposes new penalties on clergy who perform same-sex marriages in violation of church rules. Under the traditional plan -- which was approved by church delegates in February by a to marginwith much of the support reportedly coming from delegates from outside the U.

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The United Methodist Church now has The church is founded on three basic principles: 1 Do no harm, avoiding evil of all kinds; 2 Do good, of every possible sort, and as far as possible, to all; and 3 Practice "the ordinances of God," engaging in individual and communal spiritual practices such as prayer, Bible reading, worship and the Lord's Supper. The global church structure mirrors the United States government with judicial, executive and legislative branches. The legislative branch—the General Conference—meets every four years to set church policy.

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After three days of intense debate at a conference in St. Now, a divide of the United Methodist Church, which has 12 million members worldwide, appears imminent. Some pastors and bishops in the United States are already talking about leaving the denomination and possibly creating a new alliance for gay-friendly churches.

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When S. Brick, 44, who is transgender. Though some local churches have gone against those rules for years, ministers will now face discipline for it.

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Louis this week. Church leaders recommended a proposal called the One Church Planwhich would allow individual churches and regional conferences to decide about LGBTQ issues, but on Monday the delegates in St. Louis rejected that plan and on Tuesday, in a vote of 53 percent to 47 percent, they adopted the so-called Traditional Plan, which affirms the bans on gay marriage and ministry for "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" and ramps up enforcement.

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Millions of United Methodists have been waiting and wondering where their denomination will ultimately land in a decades-long dispute over gay marriage and clergy—and if a major split over the issue is imminent or if the debate will continue at its general conference once again next year. United Methodist News Service offers more analysis. In the aftermath of the divisive denominational meeting, the Judicial Council had to rule on whether it was constitutional to strengthen accountability measures for pastors or churches that violate this stance. In the US, certain churches and regional conferences have done so for years.

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When he was about 10, he realized he liked other boys. So Baudler, who grew up in a conservative church in Iowa, made himself a promise: If he made it to 20 and still felt the same way, he was going to kill himself. At 15, he was found to have a malignant brain tumor and was given days to live.

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Methodist viewpoints concerning homosexuality are diverse because there is no one denomination which represents all Methodists. The World Methodist Councilwhich represents most Methodist denominations, has no official statements regarding sexuality. British Methodism holds a variety of views, and permits ministers to bless same-gender marriages.

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