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Dozens of Georgia churches split from joint methodist church over LGBTQ issues

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Last week, 70 churches in Georgia split from the United Methodist Church (UMC), primarily over LGBTQ issues, and the latest expansion within the third largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Shown the one. ..

Last Thursday, the North Georgia Conference resolved to allow mostly rural churches to separate from UMC. The process of abandonment was planned by the 2019 General Assembly of the Joint Methodist Church by 2023, according to the website of the Joint Methodist Synod of North Georgia.

In 2021, the board adopted the process and walked with the district foreman with the church that demanded separation. The conference established ratification by the annual conference as the final step in the process.

During a special session in 2019, UMC adopted a non-membership agreement allowing the Church to leave the sect until the end of 2023 "Resolved and adopted at the 2019 General Assembly. Homosexual practices or self-proclaimed practices Homosexual discipline or marriage-related discipline, or subsequent annual meeting actions or omissions related to these issues. "

Joint The Church of Methodists Announces Proposal to Divide LGBTQ Rights

In this April 19, 2019 file photo, a gay pride rainbow flag flies along with the U.S. flag in front of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kansas.

In this April 19, 2019 file photo, a gay pride drain bow flag is flying with the US flag in front of the Asbury Joint Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kansas. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

Choosing to terminate the partnership70 churches in the congregation 9 According to the denomination, which occupies 3%, of membership. The day of abandonment will take effect on June 30, 2022.

After voting, Bishop Sue Howpert Johnson and members of the Annual Meeting prayed to the church leaving the church. Dissolve.

Joint Methodist Church Advances toward the Collapse of LGBT Policy

The First United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, displays a rainbow decoration to signify that all, including LGBTQ, are welcome.

The first Joint Methodist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, exhibits a rainbow decoration that shows that everyone, including LGBTQ, is welcome. (dlewis33 via Getty Images)

"Bless these congregations when they depart," Howpart-Johnson prayed. "I pray that we will be a ministry partner and will do a powerful job of healing divisions and overcoming rifts."

According to the local WSB-TV, "Our The sect has a clear process of abandonment, and we are walking with the church that wants to follow this path, "said Civil Davidson, Communication Director of the Conference. "We don't want to see the separation of the church, but we are working on a clear and sound process. Our heart is to leave with those who want the congregation to remain part of the sect. Is in the people who chose. ”

An LGBTQ+ flag flies over Union United Methodist Church in the South End of Boston on Jan. 5, 2020.

Located in Boston's South End in January The LGBTQ + flag is raised above the Union United Methodist Church. 5, 2020. (Boston Globe via Jessica Rinaldi / Getty Images)

"It hurts when there is a division in the church. But the service of all churches is fruitful and will serve God well. The Joint Methodist Church will continue to work to represent reconciliation in a fragmented world, "added Davidson. ..

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