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The pace of groups and individuals issuing statements and opinion pieces about the future of The United Methodist Church has picked up in recent weeks. Globe by OpenClipart-Vectors/Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

The future of The United Methodist Church has lately been the subject of a flurry of statements and opinion pieces coming from groups and individuals in Africa, Europe and the U.S.

An example: Three European bishops weighed in this week saying that some split appears inevitable, with the post-separation United Methodist Church likely to change its official policies regarding human sexuality. The current policies include bans on same-sex weddings and ordination of LGBTQ persons as clergy.

“Despite potential separations, The United Methodist Church will remain a faithful witness to the Christian gospel,” said Bishops Christian Alsted, Harald Rückert and Patrick Streiff. The bishops wanted to make clear that they will do everything they can to make sure traditionalists still feel welcome in the denomination.

“We are committed to The United Methodist Church and we pledge to continue our episcopal leadership in the UMC valuing the personal dedication of members and clergy who will remain in agreement with the present stance on the practice of homosexuality,” the statement said.

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