LGBT Rights

Glitter Ash priest

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This year's "Glitter Ash" observance by some Christian congregations including United Methodists, which drew protests, was a quieter expression of glitter as a symbol of LGBTQ rights, according to sociologist Anya M. Galli Robertson. Read more

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Losing Influence

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A national survey shows that Americans think many groups will lose influence in the new federal administration, but some United Methodists remain committed to spreading love and seeking justice. Read more

Views from a Ridge

GC2000 Protest

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Communicator Stephen Drachler compares the acrimony of the 2016 General Conference with a similarly tense 2000 session that results in demonstrators' arrests. Read more

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Pat McCrory

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The Rev. Dr. William C. Trench finds that North Carolina's new law requiring transgender people to use cisgender-assigned public restrooms harms a group of people already wounded by society's dualistic gender roles. Read more

Advocating Justice

Watching demonstrations April 28 as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on same-gender marriage, Chett Pritchett of the Methodist Federation for Social Action ponders the interwoven nature of human injustice. Read more


LGBTQ Demonstrators

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The General Commission on the General Conference seeks more productive ways for delegates to discuss the church's stances regarding homosexuality. Read more

In the Church

Gay Pizza

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In the wake of the massacre of 147 Kenyan Christian university students, American Christians have no right to claim they're being persecuted for their faith in Indiana or anywhere, writes the Rev. Eric Folkerth. Read more

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LGBTQ Acceptance

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The Pew Research Center recently compiled a chart of current standings among American Christian churches on their acceptance or rejection of same-gender marriage. Read more

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Filter Focus

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith contrasts the recent decision of the Presbyterian Church USA to redefine marriage as a union of two people with the UMC's anti-LGBT stances. Read more

Desert Church

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith draws parallels betwen the state of the climate change debate and the conflict over LGBT inclusion in The United Methodist Church. Read more

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Even in ultra-conservative Oklahoma, Jason Kennard-Martin was finally able to marry his longtime partner, Will – but not in their own United Methodist congregation. Read more

Advocating Justice

Blocking Westboro Baptist Protest

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The Rev. Andy Bryan defends the human rights of LGBT citizens in the face of a campaign of discrimination in his own town. Read more

Advocating Justice

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell, a veteran of the Civil Rights era, finds that the United Methodist Church's anti-LGBT stances reflect similar historic prejudices against women and people of color. Read more

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Turmoil at the Episcopal Church's General Theological Seminary holds portents for similar conflicts at United Methodist theological schools, contends Chett Pritchett of MFSA. Read more


Bishop Minerva Carcaño

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Bishop Minerva G. Carcano has pleaded with United Methodist bishops in Africa to stand up against the discrimination toward gays in Uganda. Read more

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George Takei

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George Takei on the Starship Methodism

George Takei, original "Star Trek" actor and LGBT advocate, has a message about unity in diversity that holds wisdom for The United Methodist Church, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith on "Hacking Christianity." Read more

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Methodist Federation for Social Action issues a statement in support of the Rev. Thomas Ogletree, facing a church trial for performing his son's same-sex wedding. Read more

In the Church

Ogletree Poster

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And So It Begins Again: #UMC Clergy Trial

The Rev. Jeremy Smith looks at the controversy surrounding United Methodist statesman Dr. Thomas Ogletree, now under fire for having conducted a marriage ceremony for his gay son and his partner in New York, where such unions are legal. Read more

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Patrick Scriven of the Pacific Northwest Conference ponders what UM clergy and congregations will do now that Washington state has approved same-sex marriage. Read more

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Protesters Listen to Bishop

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The Northeastern Jurisdiction adopts a resolution committing itself to uphold the rights of all, including gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgendered people. Read more

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