The move comes after half a century of debate within the United Methodist Church about the LGBT movement, including whether LGBT people should be clergy in the church or be married by United Methodist ministers. A potential split was on the agenda for discussion at the 2020 United Methodist conference, but that was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The founders of LMX do not want to wait any longer.
"The timeline of the Holy Spirit is driving our decision to launch LMX at this moment, and we are responding to that call," said Althea Spencer-Miller, an LMX minister, during an online presentation Sunday.
In a press document linked on the website, LMX calls itself "a grassroots denomination, the first Methodist denomination committed to being intentionally LGBTQIA2S+ affirming and centered in liberating intersectional justice ministries."
The website also said the denomination's theology "is not written in stone."
LMX leadership says it does not expect people within the new denomination to leave their current churches or religious faiths. Instead, they encourage LMX members to engage with ethnic caucuses of the United Methodist Church.
Spencer-Miller linked LMX directly to the movement John Wesley started in 1784.
"We are its queer, strange fruit," she said.