The United Methodist Church is getting a divorce

A "Traditionalist" faction is breaking away over LGBTQ issues:

The plan would sunder a denomination with 13 million members globally — roughly half of them in the United States — and create at least one new “traditionalist Methodist” denomination that would continue to ban same-sex marriage as well as the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy.

It seems likely that the majority of the denomination’s churches in the United States would remain in the existing United Methodist Church, which would become a more liberal-leaning institution as conservative congregations worldwide depart.

This was inevitable after hard-liners recently voted to ban gay ministers and same-sex marriage. As an outsider looking in I'm hesitant to pass judgment, because I know several Progressives in the church that were hoping to eventually change it across the board from within. But life is too short to put up with such prejudice, and LGBTQ folks deserve to take part without being subjected to controversy.



I said this might happen

in my comment on Tuesday's News post. The schism is now official, over issues that were perfectly predictable. The more conservative old-line leadership tried to do what evangelicals are trying to do, keep the narrow, bigoted beliefs they cherish intact in the face of a changing world. Within the Methodist church, this simply wasn't possible anymore. Too many younger members just didn't share this view and preferred a more inclusive and progressive approach to their religion. Meanwhile, the evangelical denominations are losing members because young people are abandoning them, either for more progressive Christianity or by abandoning the religion entirely. We can only hope, as progressives (regardless of our take on religion in general) that this trend continues.