United Methodist Church


Meeting in a special conference in St. Louis last week, leaders of the United Methodist Church decided to keep the denomination’s status quo when it comes to gay clergy and same-sex marriage.

Delegates voted 53-47 percent in favor of the so-called “Traditional Plan,” which keeps in place bans against the ordination of LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriages. Their vote also rejected the “One Church Plan,” to abolish such restrictions.

It was 50 years ago that the United Methodist Church was born out of two separate congregations.

On April 23, 1968, the Uniting Conference between the Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren Churches was held in Dallas, Texas.

“Here we are this morning, gathered together from all over the world and from all sorts and conditions of men, to celebrate a birthday – our birthday – as the United Methodist Church,” said Rev. Albert Oliver, who delivered the sermon at the ceremony.