Conservative Methodists announce launch date for new denomination

The Global Methodist Church split from the United Methodist Church is primarily over gay rights.

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March 4, 2022 - 8:16 PM

Asian-American clergy and religious leaders from various Christian denominations sign a statement in support of legal gay marriage at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. (David McNew/Getty Images/TNS)

The Global Methodist Church, a new denomination of theologically conservative Methodists, will officially launch on May 1, a move that was expected for some time in the fight over full inclusion of the LGBTQ community.

The issue of full inclusion has been brewing in the United Methodist Church for decades.

In 2019, the denomination upheld and strengthened prohibitions against the ordination of non-celibate LGBTQ clergy and performing same-sex marriages.

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