Methodist leaders propose a plan for a friendly separation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Leaders of the United Methodist Church around the world and all ideological divisions on Friday revealed a plan for a new conservative denomination that would separate from the rest of the church in an attempt to resolve a one-year dispute over gay marriage and gay clergy Members of the denomination of 13 million people have been at odds over the issue for years, and members in the United States led the call for full inclusion of LGBTQ people. At a meeting specially convened last February in St. Louis, delegates voted 438-384 in favor of a proposal called Traditional Plan, which affirmed prohibitions on LGBTQ inclusive practices. Most delegates based in the United States opposed the plan, but were voted by American conservatives who joined most of the delegates of the Methodist strongholds in Africa and the Philippines. Methodists in favor of allowing gay clergy and gay marriage to promise to continue fighting. Meanwhile, the Wesleyan Covenant Association, which represents traditional Methodist practice, had already been preparing for a possible separation. Reverend Keith Boyette, president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association and one of the 16 people on the mediation team that developed and signed the separation proposal, said he is very hopeful that the plan will be approved at the General Conference of the Eastern denomination year. This is the first time that respected leaders of groups of all constituencies come together to form a plan, he said. And this is the first time that the bishops of the church sign an agreement like this. Boyette emphasized that while the churches that remain in the United Methodist Church would keep the name of the denomination, both the new church and the post-separation Methodist Church would be different from the current Methodist Church. This is not a departure, but a restructuring of the United Methodist Church through separation, he said. The proposal, called A protocol of reconciliation and grace through separation, provides for a friendly separation in which conservative churches that form a new denomination would retain their assets. The new denomination would also receive $ 25 million. The undersigned, in recognition of regional contexts and divergent views within the global United Methodist Church, propose separation as a faithful step with the possibility of continued cooperation on matters of shared interest, which allows each One authentically live our faith. , Says the proposal. This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)