The UMC may be having an existential crisis and be headed for a schism between the misnamed “progressives” and “conservatives.” In the 1970s, a group of perhaps closeted bishops rammed through a regulation prohibiting gay clergy from marrying or ministering in the church, or even marrying a gay couple off church property, on pain of expulsion.
So-called “conservatives” want to maintain and enforce this change, while “progressives” want to go back to the old rule book. The argument is already upside down.
Conservatives want to save. It’s right there in the name. But today, “conservatives” are in love with this change, which has damaged the denomination’s ministry, and continues to, while “progressives” want to go back to Christianity, remove the exclusionary sentence, that was born in fear, and resume ministry to and by the Christ in all of us.
All means all. That’s not a progressive position. It’s obvious.
note: I use “gay” to indicate any position on the gender spectrum. The idealistic string of letters can’t do the job, no matter how long it gets in its effort to be all-inclusive.