United Methodist’s Latino-Hispanic Caucus Endorses Plan to Soften Church’s Stance Against Homosexual Acts and Same-sex Marriage

A logo for the Metodistas Asociados Representando la Causa Hispano Americana (Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic/Latino Americans), the Latino Caucus for the United Methodist Church.

The United Methodist Church’s Latino-Hispanic caucus has endorsed a plan that would remove the denomination-wide position against homosexual acts and gay marriage.

The UMC will hold a special session of General Conference next February to determine what their official position will be on LGBT issues, as the debate has threatened to schism the mainline denomination.

At their assembly held earlier this month, Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic/Latino Americans (MARCHA) voted 42-16 in favor of a resolution expressing support for the proposal, known as the “One Church Plan.”

The Reverend Eunice Vega, one of the two delegates to sponsor the resolution, argued that the One Church Plan was the best option because it allowed for “the coexistence of different theological positions.”

“[The One Church Plan] gives space to local churches, conferences, clergy and laity, to be able to assume their positions conscientiously and accordingly with their contexts,” said Vega, as quoted by United Methodist News Service.

The Rev. Rosita Mayorga spoke against the resolution, arguing that if the One Church Plan were passed next year the result will lead to many theologically conservative churches leaving.

“This resolution will have a negative impact on our congregations, since most are charismatic. Although I do not think they are fundamentalists, but most of them are certainly conservative,” stated Mayorga, as quoted by UMNS.

“The situation is painful, because it has taken a lot to build congregations, which could leave the denomination if this model is adopted at the special General Conference in 2019.”

For the past several years, the UMC has had divisive debate over their Book of Discipline’s official statement says, “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski