(WEHT/WJHL) – After years of debate, The United Methodist Church’s stance on homosexuality is taking center stage at a conference starting February 23.
Up for debate is language in the Methodist Church Book of Discipline.
The language in the book has been debated since 1972.
Some believe that ‘practicing homosexuals’ can’t be ordained as ministers in the Methodist Church.
On February 23, 864 delegates from around the world will gather in St. Louis, Missouri to act on a report from the Council of Bishops that would change the wording pertaining to human sexuality or leave it as is.
There will be three options: the One Church Plan, the Traditional Plan, and the Connectional Conference Plan.
The One Church Plan would recognize that marriage is between two adults, not explicitly between one man and one woman, and pastors would decide whether to allow same-sex weddings to take place at their church.
The Traditional Plan would reaffirm The United Methodist Church’s present teachings on human sexuality and call for stricter penalties.
The third option, the Connectional Conference Plan, would create three branches of the church that would each be able to decide its own stance on the issues of human sexuality.
The delegates will also have to option to vote for neither and keep the wording in the book the same.
Pastor Frye says conservative Methodists likely will have a hard time if the current wording opposing homosexuality is changed.
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