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Methodist Break-Up?

Will Growing Global Pushback on Sexuality Make Progressives Give Up & Leave?
by Mark Tooley

The United Methodist Church stunned many members and observers in February 2019 when it not only refused to liberalize its teachings on sexuality but tightened its ban on same-sex rites.

An historically liberal mainline Protestant denomination wasn't supposed to reaffirm traditional Christian teaching on marriage and sexual ethics. But United Methodism is following a trajectory different from that of liberalizing Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and Lutherans.

Unlike nearly every other U.S. denomination, mainline or other, United Methodism has a global membership and is directly governed by a quadrennial General Conference, which contains many delegates . . .

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Mark Tooley directs the United Methodist committee of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (www.ird-renew.org) in Washington, D.C.

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