Pro-life leader accuses Wheaton student leaders of 'demonizing fellow evangelicals' after controversy First ever Coptic mass held in Saudi Arabia, one of world's most restrictive regimes When believers prefer spiritual fantasy to biblical truth Pearl Harbor, its aftermath and our times. The Conference reaffirms the traditional teaching of the Church on human sexuality; namely chastity for all outside marriage and fidelity within it. Four sources of theological authority. The Conference directs that this affirmation is made clear to all candidates for ministry, office and membership, and having established this, affirm that the existing procedures of our church are adequate to deal with all such cases. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church. The church believes it is a free right to publicly express this Scriptural position Romans 1:
Over the past couple of years, the UMC has sought a resolution to the debate over its official position against homosexuality, gay marriage, and the ordination of openly gay individuals.
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The Human Rights Campaign. The church ordains openly gay and lesbian clergy, and, inelected its first openly gay moderator to lead the whole denomination. It therefore welcomes the serious, prayerful and sometimes costly consideration given to this issue by The Methodist Church. Retrieved 13 July The Reconciling Ministries Network is a growing movement of United Methodist individuals, congregations, campus ministries, and other groups working for the full participation of all people in The United Methodist Church. A national list can be found at www.