United Methodist Church Leaders Debate New Denomination Over LGB - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

United Methodist Church Leaders Debate New Denomination Over LGBTQ Issues

Posted: Updated:
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md. - The United Methodist Church is at a crossroads. Church leaders from around the world are trying to decide whether a new denomination could resolve a long-running debate. That debate includes the rights and inclusion of LGBTQ church members.

The proposal boils down to one group supporting same sex marriage and gay clergy members versus the other that does not.

Craig Duerling, a member of the church, says that although not ideal, a split could be for the best.

"This issue is just splitting us and there's just no way we can keep the church together and satisfy everyone," Duerling said.

For UMC Salisbury District Superintendent the Rev. Christina Blake, the proposal comes at a cost, including less funding and fewer people.

"In that terms, it would be sad for me to see us not be who we are now, but I recognize we are at a place where something new needs to happen," Blake said.

The proposal is "groundbreaking," according to Bishop Peggy Johnson, who leads the Peninsula-Delaware region of the church.

She said that $25 million will go toward the new denomination of traditional churches while keeping the global United Methodist Church intact.

For now, the idea remains a proposal - nothing is final yet. But church leaders will likely reach a decision by May when they meet for their General Conference. Their decision will then trickle down a few more levels before local churches make a final decision on whether to remain in the United Methodist Church or join the new denomination in 2024.

  • Maryland NewsMaryland NewsMore>>

  • Huge Crowd Has Their Say Over Wind Farms off Maryland and Delaware

    Huge Crowd Has Their Say Over Wind Farms off Maryland and Delaware

    Saturday, January 18 2020 6:33 PM EST2020-01-18 23:33:24 GMT
    Saturday, January 18 2020 6:34 PM EST2020-01-18 23:34:51 GMT
    A standing room only crowd descended in Ocean City to hear and be heard on the issue of wind power off the coasts of Maryland and Delaware.  The Ocean City Fire Department estimates there were 1,850 people in attendance.More
    A standing room only crowd descended in Ocean City to hear and be heard on the issue of wind power off the coasts of Maryland and Delaware.  The Ocean City Fire Department estimates there were 1,850 people in attendance.More
  • Wind Turbines Get Fresh Look

    Wind Turbines Get Fresh Look

    Friday, January 17 2020 7:50 PM EST2020-01-18 00:50:12 GMT
    Friday, January 17 2020 7:50 PM EST2020-01-18 00:50:12 GMT
    The controversial proposal to put wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City will be heard before the Maryland Public Service Commission Saturday.More
    The controversial proposal to put wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City will be heard before the Maryland Public Service Commission Saturday. More
  • Former Greensboro Police Chief Sentenced for Malfeasance in Office

    Former Greensboro Police Chief Sentenced for Malfeasance in Office

    Friday, January 17 2020 3:11 PM EST2020-01-17 20:11:08 GMT
    Friday, January 17 2020 5:30 PM EST2020-01-17 22:30:22 GMT

    The former police chief of a Caroline County, Md. town where a black teenager died in custody has been sentenced in an unrelated case.

    More

    The former police chief of a Caroline County, Md. town where a black teenager died in custody has been sentenced in an unrelated case.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2020 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices