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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Church Divided - USA - Defiance Represents the Progressives

The Annual Conference of Southern California Methodists for 2013 is being held at Redlands University. Whether you are Methodist or not, you might want to view some of the proceedings live over the web. Just go to and click on the “Livestream” link. The Annual Conference continues through Saturday evening.

Published on Jun 10, 2013

As the U.S. Supreme Court stands poised to decide the future of same-sex marriage later this month, this report examines a complex and controversial issue that has been debated by parliaments around the world.

"How is it that the Jesus movement has transformed into the sex police?" At the United Methodist Church's global convention in Tampa, Florida, delegates from around the world gather for a heated and emotional debate on the future of their church and its official policy towards homosexuality. "I think we will hear a resounding shoutback saying we can't do that," says Amory Peck, who is just one of more than 1500 United Methodist pastors who have pledged to perform same-sex weddings. Conservative Methodists remain vehemently opposed, fearing that such changes fundamentally undermine the Christian doctrine. "If the church encourages this, it would be the death of the church itself", says Marie-Louise Kpokpo, a conservative delegate from the Ivory Coast.


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