A United Methodist LGBT activist group wants the United Methodist Church to be split into four denominations, each having a “different understanding” of its larger heritage.
The group, UM-Forward, which, according to its website, “works to strike at the roots of white supremacy, queer and transphobia, sexism and all other theological malpractice and manifest a robust witness to the creative, liberating, and loving One that sets us all free,” recently submitted the proposal for the church’s General Conference next year. The four denominations proposed by the activists were a “Traditionalist Methodist Church,” a “Moderate Methodist Church,” a “Progressive Methodist Church,” and a “Liberation Methodist Church.”
The group came into being last year over disputes regarding the church’s traditional interpretation of homosexuality. It originally lobbied the General Conference to remove all language against homosexuality and gay marriage from the Book of Discipline. A special session of the General Conference ultimately adopted “The Traditional Plan,” which continued the church’s current approach to homosexual conduct.