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    Methodist clergy face discipline over gay unions

    By Associated Press - November 11, 2011

    The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church says it will continue to enforce church rules against clergy officiating at same-sex unions.

    The bishops announced their plan Thursday in response to petitions signed by more than a thousand clergy pledging to defy the ban and officiate at same-gender ceremonies.

    The United Methodist Book of Discipline considers gay relationships "incompatible with Christian teaching." Clergy who officiate at the ceremonies can receive a range of punishments, including suspension or defrocking. [Read Full Story]


    Richfield Methodists Confront Gay Marriage Differently

    By Drew Miller, Ritchfield Patch - September 26, 2011


    Although 14 months remain before Minnesota voters decide the fate of a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman, division over the issue of gay marriage has already taken root in many faith communities, including the United Methodist Church (UMC) community in Richfield.

    Division over what does or should constitute marriage are confronting the UMC’s clergy and parishioners in and around Richfield, and the divide is reflective of larger conflicts within the United Methodist Church in Minnesota. [Read Full Story]


    33 retired bishops urge end to gay clergy ban

    United Methodist News Service - February 2, 2011

    By Heather Hahn

    Thirty-three retired United Methodist bishops have released a statement calling on The United Methodist Church to remove its ban on homosexual clergy.

    The bishops noted that the church has lifted other restrictions on clergy before. [Read Full Story]

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