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United Methodists endorse change to give regions more say on LGBTQIA issues

In the US, the delegates at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) overwhelmingly endorsed a constitutional amendment to allow for decisions to be decided “regionally” with a 586-164 vote.

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In the US, the delegates at the General Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) overwhelmingly endorsed a constitutional amendment to allow for decisions to be decided “regionally” with a 586-164 vote.

This decision made by the legislative body of UMC is seen as a way to “defuse” debates over the role of LGBTQIA people in the church by giving rule-making autonomy to each region of the church.

This plan eyes to create multiple regional conferences — one for the US, and others covering areas from the Philippines to Europe to Africa.

To become official, the constitutional amendment now has to be approved by two-thirds of UMC’s annual conferences, or local governing bodies.

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