Summit Plans Inclusive Methodist Movement

Summit Plans Inclusive Methodist Movement


The Revs. Anna Blaedel and Alex da Silva Souto officiate at a communion service concluding the Our Movement Forward conference. The event was geared toward starting a new Methodist movement centered on the voices of people of color and LGBTQ individuals. Photo by Heather Hahn, UM News.

By Heather Hahn
May 21, 2019 | MINNEAPOLIS (UM News)

United Methodists are wrestling with what’s next in a multinational denomination still deeply divided over the role of LGBTQ Christians.

Some 350 U.S. United Methodists staked out their position during the May 17-18 gathering, launching a movement centered on voices they see as too often marginalized — namely people of color and queer and transgender individuals.

Organizers see the work started at the Our Movement Forward summit as both influencing The United Methodist Church from within and potentially leading to a completely new denomination.

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