Is a schism inevitable? We put that to a roundtable of Methodist voices. Part of the extended clergy team at Foundry United Methodist.
The following is a timeline of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT history in the 21st century. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article has multiple issues.
Openly LGBT people remain a demographic minority in most places. In areas that historically are not known for having or being friendly to LGBT people who do not remain closeteda "first" can make it easier for other openly LGBT persons to enter the field or for those who are closeted to come out. Openly LGBT people being visible in society affects societal attitudes toward homosexualitybisexuality, and the transgender community on a wider level.
Although it may seem a minor point to many readers and researchers, there is nothing more aggravating for a reader or researcher than encountering an unexplained acronym or abbreviation that is critical to understanding a written passage. Many authors simply assume that their readers are expert in their own particular field, and so they often do not bother to clutter up their text with explanations. Communist and homosexual newspapers, medical writers, and certain conservative and Neoliberal policy digests are especially prone to using unfamiliar abbreviations.
Reuters - The United Methodist Church voted on Tuesday to uphold and strengthen its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy in a move likely to alienate large numbers of followers who had pushed for reform. Known as the Traditional Plan, the new policy includes penalties for breaking its rules and asks those who will not obey it to find another church. The Traditional Plan is designed to serve as a coherent United Methodist Church policy on LGBT clergy and their marriage practices after years of inconsistency among individual United Methodist churches, with some churches denouncing homosexuality as a sin and others embracing gay and lesbian clergy members.
The United Methodist Church is meeting in St. Louis this week to vote on whether to strengthen or end its prohibitions on same-sex marriage and ordaining gays and lesbians — a decision that could splinter the church. The denomination has been grappling for years with how to respond to social changes that have buffeted other mainline Protestant congregations, with individual United Methodist churches adopting contradictory — and sometimes competing — practices. At some churches, clergy members have come out as gay or lesbian from the pulpit, while other pastors have preached that homosexuality is a sin.
Come to think of it I still rarely hear it outside of the Church or Church folk. The greatest inner conflict they often face when encountering the Church, is ultimately over whether to be an authentic orphan or a welcomed liar. They realize they can get inclusive love—but it will cost them their real voices.