Thompson was a pastor of a United Methodist Church in Lansing, Michigan, with a wife and three adult children. In recent years, progressive American members, including gays and lesbians, have been hopeful about greater inclusion. This New World. And yet we acknowledge that you are at the epicenter of the pain. What's Working:
The UMC, and churches in general, are dealing with a lack of engagement from younger generations at least partially due to conservative policies — and that is nothing radically new.
David Meredith and his husband left St. Brown and his team brought Maphalala to the United States last year and are helping him apply for asylum. Still other United Methodists see the letter and public same-sex weddings as raising the stakes and increasing the possibility of a denominational split.
State of the State.