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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

Connectional Table members spoke in small groups about different legislative approaches to the denomination's sexuality debate during their meeting in Maputo, Mozambique. Pictured from far left are Monalisa Tuitahi, the Rev. Kennetha Bigham-Tsai (standing), Bishop Minerva Carcaño, the Rev. Tamara Brown, the Rev. Ole Birch, the Rev. Harald Rückert and Josephine Deere. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS

Church body proposes more open stance on homosexuality

Connectional Table is moving forward on a proposal to remove “prohibitive language” in church law and allow openly gay clergy. Read More

The Connectional Table’s Human Sexuality Task Force Hosts Third Panel on Human Sexuality

The Connectional Table's Human Sexuality Task Force hosted its third and final panel on human sexuality, with the Human Sexuality Legislative Team presenting possible approaches for General Conference 2016. Read More

The Connectional Table held its third and last panel on human sexuality, featuring voices from outside the United States, on Feb. 10, in Maputo, Mozambique. From left are Nordic and Baltic Bishop Christian Alsted, the Rev. Israel Alvaran of the Philippines and the Rev. Nday Bondo, a lecturer at Africa University. Photo by Andrew Jensen, United Methodist Communications

Sexuality panel displays church’s global variation

Church leaders from outside the U.S. express views as broad as the globe itself on the denomination’s ban on gay practice. Read More

The 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Ire, joy follow resolution of bishop complaint

After similar resolutions of same-sex union cases, some United Methodists are working to ensure penalties in the future. Read More

Bishops call United Methodists to prayer in human sexuality statement

The Council of Bishops issued a statement concerning human sexuality, addressing diverse perspectives and calling for prayer. Read More

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, second from right, speaks during a webcast on human sexuality. At his left are the Rev. Amy Valdez Barker and Neil Alexander. At his right is Bishop Hope Morgan Ward. Photo by Harry Leake, United Methodist Communications

Church sexuality panel views mother’s video

A church panel tackled struggles of gay and lesbian members and questions of how the denomination lives together amid the debate over sexuality. Read More

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