Magazine article The Christian Century

U.S. Methodists Reject 'Open Door' Membership

Magazine article The Christian Century

U.S. Methodists Reject 'Open Door' Membership

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United Methodists in the U.S. have defeated amendments that would have made church membership open to all Christians regardless of sexual orientation and that would have moved toward allowing the U.S. church to address issues independent of the global United Methodist body.

Delegates at the United Methodist Church's General Conference last year approved the sexual-orientation amendment, as well as several others that would have changed how the international church is governed. But the amendments failed to gain support from two-thirds of the denomination's regional conferences, as required by church law.

Twenty-seven of the 44 regional conferences that reported rejected the amendment that would have made membership in local churches open to "all persons" who take "vows declaring the Christian faith, and relationship in Jesus Christ," according to United Methodist News Service.

The amendment followed a controversial case in 2005 in which a Virginia pastor denied membership to a gay man. …

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