The United Methodist Church will wrestle once more at its General Conference with the question of homosexuality. Will there be an accord? Will there be schism? Or will the issue return in another four years, as it has for the last four decades?
Transforming Congregations was founded in 1988 as a renewal and reform ministry within the United Methodist Church. It works to provide churches and church leaders with the resources to respond to “those struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction and behavior.” It advocates for responses to homosexuality that are neither homophobic nor accommodationist. In 2013, TC became […]
Love Prevails is an advocacy group led by United Methodist minister Amy DeLong. It seeks full inclusion of LGBTQ people within the United Methodist Church and the repeal of “anti-gay” language and practice in the UMC and the United Methodist Book of Discipline. The group is based in Madison, Wis. Contact through the website.
John Lomperis is the United Methodist director for the Institute on Religion & Democracy, which supports renewal and orthodoxy within American Christian denominations. He is an expert on liberal and conservative groups within the United Methodist Church and on different movements within the UMC. He is based in Chicago. Contact via IRD’s communications center.
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that gay marriage should be legal across the land.
Matthew Vines is a gay evangelical Christian activist who works for full inclusion of LGBT people in the Christian church. He is the author of God and the Gay Christian. Vines is based in Wichita, Kan. Contact through Helena Brantley.
According to a survey released in June 2013 by the Pew Research Center, 51 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, and nearly three out of four people think legal recognition of it is inevitable.
Read a Feb. 21, 2014, New York Times story about Arizona legislation that would let business owners use religious objections as justification for refusing service to gay couples.
JQ International is a lesbian, gay, bi and transgender (LGBT) Jewish & Ally community. JQ provides programs and services that foster a healthy fusion of LGBT and Jewish Identity.