Skip Navigation

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

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 UMC.org 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.

If you have more questions on this topic, contact InfoServ and we will put you in touch with the appropriate church contact. 

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.

Join the conversation»

 
Related
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

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

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