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Singing interrupts morning session

April, 2017

Delegate Jo Ann Carlotto (second from left) of the New England Conference wipes her eyes with a rainbow stole after delegates voted to maintain the United Methodist Church's stance on sexuality during the denomination's at 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Delegate Jo Ann Carlotto (second from left) of the New England Conference wipes her eyes with a rainbow stole after delegates voted to maintain the United Methodist Church's stance on sexuality during the denomination's at 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla.

by Art McClanahan
May 3, 2012

Singing interrupted the resumption of the General Conference on Thursday morning. Following the rejection of a compromise proposal to acknowledge that the Church is divided in it’s mind on homosexuality and a proposed amendment to paragraph 161.F of the Book of Discipline, supporters of a more inclusive stance remained on the floor of the assembly. They asked the question, in song, “What does the Lord require of you?”

Bishop Mike Coyner, presiding officer for the second half of the morning, closed the session early because of the continuing witness.