Savannah Church Disaffiliates from UMC in Support of LGBTQ Rights

Asbury Memorial Believed to be First Pro-LGBTQ Church to Leave



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There is a provision for churches that want to exit The UMC. If it is a bad fit then churches can buy their way out. I don't blame them for not being willing to wait for some protocol yet to be approved.

Kevin more than 1 year ago

AS compared to WCA?

The WCA's website describes itself as, "an association or network of individuals and congregations who share a common understanding of our Wesleyan doctrine and desire to become a vibrant, faithful, growing 21st -century church." It is an organized movement where this is only one church. Your comparison is not valid.

John Mack more than 1 year ago

As compared to WCA?

There's been some harsh criticism of the WCA due to their ongoing work in preparing for separation. Will this particular congregation receive the same kind of critical treatment, and if not why not?

David Kingsworthy more than 1 year ago

how ironic!

The numbers are very telling. 316 total votes with 309 saying '"enough, already"!; i.e. 98% saying; "you have been so totally obsessed for years to destroy the denomination by demanding your own way, go ahead we are here to serve the Lord and to love everyone of God's wonderful creation and to 'show each other Christ' in all we do. I find it somewhat amusing that some caring, loving, Christian people decided to respond to the ongoing threat to 'do it our way or we will destroy the United Methodist Church' and made a dramatic stand and are saying;; 'Love doesn't demand that we do it your way, as for us we will serve the Lord rather than a narrow, selfish agenda'.

wil more than 1 year ago

Ironic, indeed

There's no question that this local church was not in alignment with the Discipline of the UMC and that it was proper to sever its ties to the UMC. I pray for God's blessing on its ministry within its new context. But it's patently absurd to argue that the majority decisions of 13 consecutive General Conferences on matters of sexual activity and its relationship to covenantal marriage and the licensing and ordination of pastoral leaders somehow constitute a “narrow, selfish agenda” and "do it our way or we'll destroy the church."

John more than 1 year ago