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United Methodist General Conference sees major changes for denomination

| Staff Reporters
The past few years have been nothing short of controversial for the United Methodist Church, one of the largest denominations within the United States. With thousands of congregations leaving the church over issues such as LGBTQ clergy, the 2024 annual UMC general conference promised to garner attention from Methodist believers across the board. During the conference, which was held in Charlotte, North Carolina April 23 to May 3, UMC made sweeping changes to their policies regarding acceptance of clergy with non-heterosexual orientation, reduction of U.S. bishops, and regionalization of the UMC.
Lea Mathews (center) celebrates The United Methodist Church’s removal of its ban on the ordination of clergy who are “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” — a prohibition that dates to 1984, during the 2024 United Methodist General Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.


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