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The United Methodist Church faces internal divisions regarding LGBTQ issues

Leaders of the United Methodist Church are coming together at an international conference to address controversial issues like gay marriage, ordination of LGBTQ pastors, and declining membership. The church has become divided over its more liberal stance on LGBTQ rights, resulting in many congregations leaving. At the conference, decisions will be made regarding same-sex marriage bans, ordination of LGBTQ clergy, and granting autonomy to more conservative congregations. The church has experienced significant losses in congregations and revenue, leading to budget cuts. Some church leaders see this moment as an opportunity to advocate for LGBTQ rights and inclusivity. The conference may also address regional governance to reflect diverse views globally.


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