Every four years, a General Conference of Methodist churches from around the world is held. Modifications of their Book of Discipline are often considered at that conference. Further we insist that all persons are entitled to have their human and civil rights ensured, although we do not condone the practice of homosexuality and consider this practice incompatible with Christian teaching.
The final phrase "although This motion has since been reaffirmed in subsequent conferences. A motion was proposed to add the following phrase to Paragraph of the Book:. It failed to pass.
We look forward to the day when the church will accept gay and lesbian persons into full fellowship. A majority report recommended:. A minority report recommended:.
The committee recommended that Paragraph 72 of the Social Principles be augmented to include:. G Rights of Homosexual Persons.
Certain basic human rights and civil liberties are due all persons. We are committed to support those rights and liberties for homosexual persons. We see a clear issue of simple justice in protecting their rightful claims in same-sex relationships where they have: Moreover, we support efforts to stop violence and other forms of coercion against gays and lesbians.
The homosexual report was "received" by the General Conference, but was not approved. They did modify the Book to state that:. They further emphasized that Methodists:. It also recognizes that claims of gays and lesbians to "equal protection before the law" is a issue of simple justice.
However, they did not appear to include the human right to marry the person to whom one is committed for life, or the right to be considered for ordination in the UMC. Also inthe UMC Commission on Christian Unity and Inter-religious Concerns opened its membership to all members, including gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. They voted to to add to the Book of Discipline's "Social Principles " section a statement saying". At the conference, 11 active and 4 retired Bishops out of the total of bishops worldwide circulated a " In All Things Charity " letter calling for equal rights for homosexuals, including the right to be eligible for ordination as pastors.
However, we must confess the pain we feel over our personal convictions that are contradicted by the proscriptions in the Discipline against gay and lesbian persons within our church and within our ordained and diaconal ministers. Those sections are Paragraphs 71F last paragraph ; We will continue our responsibility to order and discipline of the church but urge our United Methodist churches to open the doors in gracious hospitality to all our brothers and sisters in the faith.
On MAY-9, Transforming Congregations formally concern about the statement of the 15 bishops.
They feel that such a stance by liberal Bishops will adversely:. They urged the Council of Bishops to not "undermine our ministries through your words and actions. The conference passed the following resolution about homosexuals in the military:. The United States of America, a nation built on equal rights, has denied the right of homosexuals to actively serve their country while being honest about who they are.
The United Methodist Church needs to be an advocate for equal civil rights for all marginalized groups, including homosexuals. It took until the 's before it became obvious to many conservative Christians that a person cannot change their sexual orientation in adulthood.
The most obvious indication of this was the closing of the largest conservative Christian group dedicated to making gays into ex-gays: Exodus International during mid Seasonal events Science vs. Laws and news 2. Gays in the military. We ask you, humbly, to help us. We hope you enjoy this web site United methodist book of discipline homosexuality in christianity what it represents.
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Thank you so much. Go to the previous pageor return to the UMC-Homosexuality menuor choose: They passed a motion which added the following statement to the denomination's " Social Principles " document. This followed a four year study into homosexuality:. A motion was proposed to add the following phrase to Paragraph of the Book: They passed a " fidelity United methodist book of discipline homosexuality in christianity marriage and celibacy in singleness " statement Paragraph They established a list of categories for committee membership, in order that it be truly inclusive.
In a curious move, only heterosexuals were allowed to join the committee. No gays, lesbians or bisexuals were admitted. The committee was able to reach a consensus on four items: The 7 references to homosexuality in the Bible represent ancient culture and not the will of God.
They cannot be taken as definitive. Homosexuality is a normal human sexual variant, which can be healthy and whole. Covenantal, committed, and monogamous homosexual relationships should be affirmed.
These conclusions are supported by God's grace, which is visible in the life of lesbian and gay Christians. They voted to to add to the Book of Discipline's "Social Principles " section a statement saying" " Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches.