The United Methodist Church is struggling to maintain the increasingly tenuous bonds that hold together this global denomination of more than 12 million members.
The United Methodist Church General Conference convenes once every four years to make policy decisions and set the direction for the denomination. They'll consider 1,043 proposals in their legislation system.
Commentary: The pope's exhortation that LGBT people be treated with respect is heartfelt. But the church has offered those words before, and they often ring hollow.
South Africa's Anglican bishops have taken an initial step toward including LGBT people as full members of their congregations with the passage of a resolution at a meeting.
The Public Religion Research Institute, drawing on 42,000 interviews conducted in 2015, issued on Feb. 18 a new analysis of the American Values Atlas with a look at LGBT issues.
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A Massachusetts judge ruled that a Catholic high school discriminated against a man after the school officials rescinded a job offer upon learning he was in a same-sex marriage.
NCR Today: The leader of the German Evangelical Alliance said German Evangelicals should not cut themselves off from their fellow Protestants because they don't share their liberal approach to homosexuality.
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John J. McNeill, widely revered among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights Catholics and others, died Sept. 22 in a hospice facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.