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Witness after the decision

April, 2017

Protesters against the United Methodist Church's stance on sexuality prepare to serve Holy Communion inside the bar of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. The group occupied the conference's central table after delegates voted to maintain the denomination's position. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Protesters against the United Methodist Church's stance on sexuality prepare to serve Holy Communion inside the bar of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. The group occupied the conference's central table after delegates voted to maintain the denomination's position.

by Art McClanahan
May 3, 2012

Following the decision of the General Conference not to modify paragraph 161.F of the Book of Discipline, which relates to matters of Human Sexuality, supporters of a more inclusive church gathered around the table in the center of the plenary floor. Candles were burning. Crackers symbolizing Communion elements were on the worship table. In song and word the several hundred witnesses called for a more open church.