Human Sexuality

Social Concerns
Bishop Karen Oliveto (right) shares bread with a delegate during a February 23, 2019, worship service in the special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Oliveto leads the Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church.  Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Resources, prayers offered for LGBTQ youth

Church leaders who fear the recent 2019 General Conference votes on homosexuality might harm LGBTQ youth are offering resources to help.
General Church
The executive committee of the United Methodist Church in Germany gathers for a photo during its meeting in Fulda. The committee released a statement saying “the stipulations of the Traditional Plan are not acceptable for our church in Germany.” Photo by Klaus Ulrich Ruof.

German church won’t impose Traditional Plan bans

Stipulations in the Traditional Plan approved by General Conference are unacceptable, said the executive committee of The United Methodist Church in Germany.
General Church
Delegates and bishops join in prayer at the front of the stage before a key vote on church policies about homosexuality during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Photo by the Rev. Thomas Kim, UMNS.

Korean clergy offer diverse perspectives on GC2019

While many support the Traditional Plan adopted by General Conference, some expressed concerns with the plan, disappointment over treatment of LGBTQ community.
Bishop Kenneth H. Carter speaks to the news media after adjournment of the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis. In a March 1 webinar for the Florida Conference, Carter said, “Our interest is in the healing of the church.” Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Beginning to look ahead after GC2019 (2)

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is sticking around, and so are a number of church members who plan to defy the denomination’s homosexuality policies.

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