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Featured Topic: Homosexuality

The United Methodist Church affirms “that sexuality is God’s good gift to all persons. We call everyone to responsible stewardship of this sacred gift.”   This affirmation is part of the denomination’s Social Principles. The United Methodist Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions describe the church’s beliefs and teachings on sexuality. Read a backgrounder.

This section of outlines information, resources, and headlines related to the topic of Human Sexuality.  We invite you to learn more about the official position of the church.

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Personal Perspectives on Homosexuality and the Church

The topic can be challenging for people of faith. Read a variety of first-person reflections, meant to help us understand one another better.

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Meeting of the Connectional Table in Chicago, Illinois. Bishop Daniel Arichea, Jr. speaks as a panelist for Christian Conferencing on Human Sexuality. To his right is Bishop Hope Morgan Ward. Photo by Diane Degnan.

Webcast: Conferencing on Human Sexuality

Leaders and theologians discussed human sexuality, our mission and United Methodist church law as part of a Connectional Table online conversation. View

Clergy and faith leaders gather outside Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia in support of  Richard Taylor and William Gatewood (at top of stairs in doorway) following their Nov. 9, 2013 wedding

Agreement resolves same-sex union complaint

A complaint against 36 pastors who officiated at a same-sex union has been resolved by agreement. Read More

Plea for Unity in The United Methodist Church

“Let us…meet this test as one church…even as we work through strong disagreements…about human sexuality,” write the Revs. Laurie Hays Coffman and Paul T. Stallsworth. Read More

What schism?

Surveys across denominations show debates over issues such as same-sex marriage are seldom the cause of splits at the level of individual congregations. Read More

“What’s a Pastor To Do?”

What should United Methodist clergy do with regard to same-gender marriages? Bishop Mike Coyner offers a response. Read More

Frank Schaefer speaks to media Friday, June 20, after a hearing. Photo by Melissa Lauber, Baltimore-Washington Conference, for UMNS

Coverage Summary: Frank Schaefer Case

The United Methodist pastor was reinstated after being defrocked for officiating at his son’s same-gender nuptials. Read More

Bishop Ken Carter: A Meditation on Accountability

There is significant conversation at the moment, in the secular media, in the church’s media, and in the social media about schism, division and unity. Visit Site

Church members pray over the Rev. Adam Hamilton. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Hamilton: Church homosexuality law needs ‘local option’

A well-known United Methodist pastor and author looks for way to hold the denomination together amid tensions. Read More

Wordle by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Poll: Making disciples tops sexuality as church priority

A survey of United Methodists found sexual orientation and same-gender marriage ranked eighth in importance among issues facing the church. Read More

The 2010 U.S. Census data helps United Methodist  church leaders know the people in their community. A UMNS photo illustration by Kathleen Barry. Accompanies UMNS story #054. 3/22/11.; A UMNS photo illustration by Kathleen Barry

Updated: North Georgia clergy, laity take stand against schism

More than 580 have signed the covenant for unity, amid disagreements about homosexuality and other issues. Read More