Queer Inclusion in the United Methodist Church

Queer Inclusion in the United Methodist Church

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The United Methodist Church has been in conflict over lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender inclusion issues since 1972. That year, in response to the gay liberation and gay rights movements, wording was added to the UMC Book of Discipline (the compilation of denominational policies and doctrines) characterizing homosexuality as qincompatible with Christian teaching.q Since then, United Methodist ministers have been forbidden to perform same-sex commitment ceremonies (and United Methodist churches forbidden to host them), a rule has been passed that non-heterosexual United Methodist ministers must be celibate, and the UMC has forbidden the funding of any program or organization qsupportingq homosexuality. These policies have been met with significant resistance by those fighting for GLBT inclusion. In this groundbreaking book, Udis-Kessler examines this struggle, analyzing both sides of this divisive debate among one of the most prominent religious organizations in the United States.This discussion draws from the following sources: Allen 1986; Book of Discipline 2000; Campbell 1999; Corn 1998; Finke and Stark 1992; Frank 1997; Johnstone 1992; Koehler 1998; McAnally 2001; Schmidt 1988;Stokes 1998; Tuell 1997;anbsp;...

Title:Queer Inclusion in the United Methodist Church
Author:Amanda Udis-Kessler
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-02-27


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