United Methodist Church to vote on LGBT views

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ST. LOUIS (WDTN) – 800 members of the United Methodist Church will gather in St. Louis Tuesday to determine how the church will view gay marriage and the ordination of gay clergy members.

Girard United Methodist Church Pastor Vicky Kelley says the church should be a safe place for anyone to be.

“Where people can come and be accepted for who they are, loved exactly as they are, but they don’t have to agree on everything,” she says.

Right now, delegates and observers from around the world are deciding if the UMC will change LGBT inclusion.

To do that, they would change The United Methodist Book of Discipline — which guides the church.

“Are we organized around believing exactly the same thing around every issue, including this one, or are we organized around our mission which is to make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world?” Kelley says.

J.P. Snyder with New Waterford United Methodist Church says it’s a tough decision.

“Given, if I was a delegate, someone that had to cast my vote at this general conference, I think it would be hard.”

He says people interpret what they read in scripture differently.

“There’s individuals that see in scripture that homosexuality is said to be a sin. And so that would taint their righteousness,” Snyder says.

Kelley says she wants the church as a whole to be able to progress.

“We want to be able to move forward and be able to do those things so that everyone is fully included in the life of the church.”

Members of the United Methodist Church will vote on a plan Tuesday.

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