After three days of intense debate, the United Methodist Church voted to strengthen its LGBTQ ban, a decision that could split the nation’s second-largest Protestant church.
Some congregations agree with the decision while others do not. Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville released this statement, saying in part:
“There is no change to our current understanding regarding human sexuality or the definition of marriage. There is also no change in our current hospitality toward all people. We welcome everyone to our church and want them to find a loving faith home at Central,” said Senior Pastor Jan Davis.
“I voted against that enforcement because many of our churches are not of one mind on this, and I wanted more space in those local churches to be able to have conversations surrounding these issues,” said Todd Burris, who voted against the measure.
Another general conference will take place in 2020, where any of these issues or proposals could be taken up again.