There may be a schism. The United Methodist Church may become “Untied.”
The last time the church split was before the Civil War when the north and south divided over the slavery issue.
They united in 1939 to become The Methodist Church, and in 1962 merged with the Evangelical Brethren Church to become The United Methodist Church.
Now, again, our denomination may again split over a single issue—the exclusion vs. the inclusion of homosexual persons.
Presently our denomination officially, according to the Social Principles of the Book of Discipline, excludes homosexuals. It condemns the “practice of homosexuality”, prohibits pastors from performing same-sex marriages, and prohibits homosexuals being ordained.
Where is Paradise Valley United Methodist Church on this issue? Exclusive or inclusive? We have not yet taken an official position. As Elijah challenged his people, “How long will you go limping with two different opinions?”
This Sunday at 8 and 9:30 am, I will give you my humble (!) perspective in my sermon Dream Big: People First.
And, you will not want to miss the movie, “An Act of Love”, at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary, followed by a panel discussion. According to Rick Mahrle, chairperson of our Reconciling Ministry Team, the movie includes interviews with those in the church who share different points of view.
Rev. Doug Norris