I thought that this was an interesting article –
By some measures, the United Methodist Church is becoming more theologically conservative. The denomination’s Book of Discipline affirms that homosexual practice is “incompatible with Christian teaching.” At their 2004 General Conference, United Methodists endorsed “laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” It wasn’t close; the motion passed with 70 percent of the vote. The Methodists’ generally pro-choice position on abortion has been revised in a more pro-life direction.
Some would say that this proves United Methodists are less inclusive than their other mainline brethren. But this relative conservatism is partially a product of inclusion: roughly 3.5 million United Methodists now live outside the United States, mostly in Africa. Over 1 million live in the Democratic Republic of Congo alone. The African Methodists are orthodox in faith and morals, and are active participants in the denomination’s governing process.
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