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  • Nearly 190 Georgia churches win lawsuit to disaffiliate from United Methodists

    05/25/2023 7:47:51 PM PDT · by fwdude · 60 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | May 17, 2023 | Alexandra Koch
    A Cobb County judge recently ruled in favor of 186 Georgia churches suing to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church. In a crowded courtroom filled with more than 200 people, Superior Court Judge Steven Schuster ruled Tuesday that 186 United Methodist churches should be able to vote to disaffiliate from the UMC, according to a news release from the Wesleyan Covenant Association, an organization helping north Georgia churches disaffiliate. The Georgia churches listed in the lawsuit, filed on March 30, requested the North Georgia Annual Conference restore the processes that were already in place allowing churches to disaffiliate.
  • Methodist Pastor Attacks Pro-Life Americans, They’re Really Just “Pro-Birth”

    04/26/2023 2:25:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 62 replies
    Life News ^ | April 26, 2023 | Micaiah Bilger
    A Nebraska Methodist pastor slammed pro-life advocates in a recent interview, claiming their “pro-birth” mission has “corrupted” Christians into thinking aborting unborn babies should be illegal. Nebraska News Connection reports the Rev. Debra McKnight, founding pastor of Urban Abbey Methodist Church in Omaha, made the comment as state lawmakers prepare to debate a heartbeat bill Thursday. The pro-life bill would protect unborn babies by banning most elective abortions once their heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. McKnight claimed pro-life lawmakers do not really care about children or families. She argued that if they did care, they would pass...
  • 41 more Texas churches leave United Methodist Church amid schism over homosexuality

    03/07/2023 7:20:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/07/2023 | Michael Gryboski
    Attendees participate in a special called session of The United Methodist Church North Texas Conference on Saturday, March 4, 2023. | Courtesy of the North Texas Conference Another 41 congregations in Texas have officially left The United Methodist Church in response to the mainline Protestant denomination's ongoing debate over its stance on homosexuality. The UMC North Texas Annual Conference held a special called session on Saturday in which clergy and lay members voted to approve the disaffiliation votes of 41 congregations that formerly belonged to the regional body. According to a statement emailed to The Christian Post by a...
  • 439 Texas churches leave UMC amid schism over denomination's stance on homosexuality

    12/15/2022 12:12:57 AM PST · by Morgana · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | December 6, 2022 | Michael Gryboski, Mainline Church Editor
    More than 400 congregations in Texas have voted to leave The United Methodist Church amid the mainline Protestant denomination's ongoing schism over LGBT issues. Over the weekend, UMC regional bodies in Texas voted to approve the disaffiliation votes of hundreds of churches, with most planning to join the recently created Global Methodist Church. The total number of departing congregations includes 294 of the 598 churches belonging to the Houston-based Central Texas Conference and 145 of the 201 churches belonging to the Lubbock-based Northwest Texas Conference, reported The Dallas Morning News. The departing congregations constitute nearly half of all UMC congregations...
  • United Methodist split grows more contentious as Georgia conference blocks conservative churches from exiting

    01/03/2023 12:56:39 PM PST · by fwdude · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 3, 2022 | Jon Brown
    The theological fracture within the country's largest mainline Methodist denomination has grown more contentious as a church conference in Georgia has temporarily blocked churches from disaffiliating. The United Methodist Church North Georgia Conference last week cited "misinformation" for its decision to "pause" any further disaffiliation efforts from congregations attempting to leave the denomination, according to a Dec. 28 email sent to member churches. The email claimed "many local churches have been misled about the disaffiliation process and have been presented with information about the process" and about denominational leadership "that is factually incorrect and defamatory."
  • 58 Louisiana churches leave United Methodist Church amid schism over homosexuality

    11/23/2022 11:52:20 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | November 14, 2022 | Michael Gryboski, Mainline Church Editor
    Fifty-eight congregations in Louisiana have officially disaffiliated from The United Methodist Church, as the second-largest mainline Protestant denomination in the United States continues to experience schism due to its ongoing debate over homosexuality. The UMC Louisiana Conference held a special session on Saturday, approving the votes of 58 congregations who decided by at least two-thirds vote to leave the UMC. The Rev. Todd Rossnagel, the director of communication strategies at the Louisiana Conference, told The Christian Post on Monday that the 58 churches came after nine other congregations had disaffiliation votes approved at the annual conference in June. Earlier this...
  • Who is Nestor Hernandez, the man charged with capital murder in the fatal shootings of two Methodist Hospital employees?

    10/23/2022 3:35:52 PM PDT · by DFG · 93 replies
    WFAA (DFW) ^ | 10/23/2022 | Pete Freedman, Rebecca Lopez, Tanya Eiserer
    -snip- According to TDJC, Hernandez was released on parole for aggravated robbery on October 21, 2021, with a special condition of electronic monitoring. TDCJ also confirmed that Hernandez was "granted permission to be at the hospital with his significant other during delivery [of her child]." According to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by WFAA, Hernandez went to the hospital to visit his girlfriend, who had given birth to their child. The warrant stated that Hernandez then began "acting strangely" and accused his girlfriend of cheating on him. The suspect started searching the room to see if anyone else was in...
  • Over 30 North Carolina churches demand United Methodist Church allow them to leave the denomination

    08/22/2022 9:59:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/22/2022 | Michael Gryboski
    More than 30 congregations based in North Carolina have threatened legal action so they can leave the United Methodist Church, claiming that the disaffiliation process is unfair to them. The Wesleyan Covenant Association, a theologically conservative network, announced earlier this month that over 40 churches in the Western North Carolina Conference are overseeing "pre-suit negotiation requests." The announcement comes as scores of theologically conservative congregations nationwide have left the second-largest Protestant denomination in the United States amid ongoing debate over the UMC's longstanding opposition to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. According to WCA, the Western North Carolina Conference "sent a legal...
  • Doctor Announces $25 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Houston Methodist Following Suspension

    07/27/2022 3:26:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    The Epoch Times. ^ | July 26, 2022 | Zachary Stieber
    A doctor in Texas is suing the health care institution that suspended her for allegedly purveying “dangerous misinformation.” Dr. Mary Bowden, who now runs her own clinic, is seeking $25 million from Houston Methodist for alleged defamation. Bowden became concerned that the COVID-19 vaccines were not preventing contraction of the virus that causes COVID-19, and spoke out against vaccine mandates and, later, the vaccines themselves, according to the 19-page lawsuit, which was slated to be filed in Harris County District Court. After Bowden began sharing her opinions on social media, Houston Methodist and its CEO, Dr. Marc Boom, “retaliated” against...
  • 100+ FL Churches File Lawsuit to Leave United Methodist Church After 70 GA Churches Left in June

    07/22/2022 6:12:44 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 37 replies
    CBN ^ | 07/19/2022 | Steve Warren
    More than 100 churches have gone to court, suing the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) because they want to leave the denomination immediately.The main reason involves disagreements over United Methodist clergy performing marriages for LGBTQ couples and ordaining LGBTQ people as clergy in the church.One hundred and six Florida churches want to leave the denomination, and take their property with them.The lawsuit says the church leadership is not abiding by the church's Book of Discipline, which deals with Christian doctrine, the denomination's beliefs, and the ownership of church buildings and properties. The Tallahassee Democrat reports the lead...
  • Paganism Casts Its Spell Over Methodist Seminary

    06/05/2022 4:03:09 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 17 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 4, 2022 | Ellie Gardey
    Iliff School of Theology is an official theological school and approved seminary of the United Methodist Church ... *** Tom Wolfe, the president of Iliff, who has been an ordained Methodist elder for over forty years, said in 2020 that the school’s focus is “engaging the moral discourse in the context of multiple cultural constructions of human meaning.” *** The school employs as an admissions representative a Norse Heathen named Alexandra Ravenscroft, who is the head clergy, or Gudellri, of her pagan organization, Forn Sidr of America. Ravenscroft joined Iliff in 2021. In her job at Iliff, she recruits and...
  • Methodist Church’s First Drag Queen Pastor: ‘God Is Nothing’

    06/05/2022 3:53:02 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 116 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | May 31, 2022 | Ellie Gardey
    Last year, the United Methodist Church accepted Isaac Simmons, who regularly preaches dressed as a drag queen under the name Ms. Penny Cost, as a candidate for ordination. Since that time, Simmons, who serves as an associate pastor at Hope United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Illinois, has challenged basic theological concepts, projecting a worldview where divinity rests not in God but in queerness. In a church preparing to split over LGBTQ issues, the drag queen pastor, who embraces queer theology while barely attempting to plaster on the basic tenets of Christian theology, has become a lightning rod. Conservatives argue that...
  • Duke University Divinity School Students Pray to ‘Great Queer One’ During Worship Service

    04/16/2022 9:04:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    WorldNet Daily ^ | 04/16/2022 | Todd Starnes
    A report from Hope Rawlson at the blog for the Institute on Religion & Democracy has documented that students at Duke Divinity School, which is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, have held a “Pride” worship service to pray to the “Great Queer One.”She revealed, “Divinity Pride, a student group affirming the ‘dignity, faithfulness, and strength of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and gender/sexuality non-conforming Christians,'” held the event.The posting explained, “Criticizing the church, Justis Mitchell, a first-year M.Div student, stated, ‘In the pews we listen to the pastor who preaches about commandments, condemning those who disobey, predicating...
  • Indiana pastor loses his job after appearing in drag on TV show

    02/04/2022 5:44:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 31 replies
    Fox 59 ^ | Dec 9, 2021 | ap
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Craig Duke has been a Methodist minister for three decades, building a reputation as a staunch advocate of LGBTQ inclusion. His pastoral duties have now been terminated — the result of a bitter rift surfacing in his Indiana church after he sought to demonstrate solidarity by appearing in drag alongside prominent drag queens in the HBO reality series “We’re Here.” Duke, 62, said he thought most of his 400-member congregation at Newburgh United Methodist Church shared his inclusive views, and he was taken aback when a prominent congregation member, soon backed by other churchgoers,...
  • Joining drag queens on TV show costs Indiana pastor his job

    12/08/2021 9:32:55 AM PST · by Salman · 46 replies
    AP News (via their own site) ^ | 2021-12-08 | DAVID CRARY
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Craig Duke has been a Methodist minister for three decades, building a reputation as a staunch advocate of LGBTQ inclusion. His pastoral duties have now been terminated — the result of a bitter rift surfacing in his Indiana church after he sought to demonstrate solidarity by appearing in drag alongside prominent drag queens in the HBO reality series “We’re Here.” Duke, 62, said he thought most of his 400-member congregation at Newburgh United Methodist Church shared his inclusive views, and he was taken aback when a prominent congregation member, soon backed by other churchgoers,...
  • Houston Methodist doctor who resigned following suspension over controversial COVID-19 tweets sp...

    11/27/2021 11:24:13 AM PST · by ransomnote · 30 replies ^ | Nov 17, 2021 | KPRC 2 Click2Houston, Dr. Mary Tally Bowden
    She stands 'accused' of prescribing medication (Ivermectin) which the FDA has not deemed effective. She learned her hospital privileges were removed via the media reporter who contacted her. The hospital is also the first to require staff be vaccinated.Video is 22 minutes long. I posted the computer-generated video transcript to FR here. Houston Methodist doctor who resigned following suspension over controversial COVID-19 tweets sp... - YouTube
  • Methodist Pastor: Killing Babies in Abortions is “Moral” if It’s Done With “Thoughtful Prayer”

    10/15/2021 2:44:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 62 replies
    Life News ^ | October 15, 2021 | Micaiah Bilger
    A United Methodist Church leader is promoting the notion that killing an unborn baby in an abortion is okay as long as the mother makes a “thoughtful and prayerful” decision first. Pastor Robert Vaughn Jr., director of the General Board of Church and Society for the UMC, told Baptist News Global that the denomination takes a “reluctant pro-choice” stance on abortion. And his board is in charge of supporting that position. “Terminating a pregnancy isn’t just a medical decision; it requires advanced pastoral care so that a person can look at the whole picture,” the Herndon, Virginia pastor said. “The...
  • Methodist Women’s Group: “We Pray” That Texas Women Can Kill Their Babies in Abortions

    10/15/2021 7:09:27 AM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies
    Life News ^ | October 14, 2021 | Micaiah Bilger
    United Methodist Women are “praying” that Texas and other states will allow mothers to abort their unborn babies and stop trying to ban abortions. An organization of the United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women recently issued a statement criticizing the Texas heartbeat law and defending abortions. State pro-life leaders said the law, which prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, has saved about 3,000 babies’ lives since it went into effect Sept. 1. But the supposedly Christian women’s organization portrayed the law as oppressive, arguing that “women and families need access to the full range of reproductive...
  • 2 Georgia churches leave United Methodist Church over LGBT stance, announce merger

    07/20/2021 9:45:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/20/2021 | Michael Gryboski
    Two congregations in Georgia have left the United Methodist Church over the denomination’s opposition to homosexuality and merged into one church. Asbury Memorial Church and Wesley Oak Church, both based in Savannah, recently voted to disaffiliate from the UMC South Georgia Conference. Asbury, which averaged 387 attendees in weekly worship in 2019, finalized its process of disaffiliation last fall. Meanwhile, Wesley Oak, which averaged 29 attendees, finalized disaffiliation earlier this month. Asbury Memorial Pastor Rev. William Hester told The Christian Post on Monday that the decision to leave came soon after the 2019 special session of the UMC General Conference....
  • UMC conference seizes assets of Georgia megachurch trying to leave denomination

    07/15/2021 10:56:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/15/2021 | Michael Gryboski
    Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church of Marietta, Georgia. In April 2021, the church voted to begin a profess of disaffiliation from the UMC A regional body of the United Methodist Church has seized control of the assets of a Georgia megachurch trying to leave the mainline Protestant denomination. The leadership of the UMC North Georgia Conference unanimously voted to approve the seizure of assets belonging to Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, a Marietta-based congregation with approximately 10,000 members. In April, Mt. Bethel voted to begin a process of discernment for leaving the UMC due to the conference’s decision to...