John Wesley is Still Turning Over in His Grave as THE CENTER IS NOT HOLDING in the United Methodist Church as God’s True Believers Are Leaving the Denomination in Droves Over the Abomination of Homosexuality

Bishop Ken Carter gives the sermon during opening worship for the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis, in Feb. 2019. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

John Wesley is Still Turning Over in His Grave as THE CENTER IS NOT HOLDING in the United Methodist Church as God’s True Believers Are Leaving the Denomination in Droves Over the Abomination of Homosexuality

The nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination is dividing over intractable disagreements about human sexuality. After years of attempts from inside and outside to mediate the schism — at one point bringing in Kenneth R. Feinberg, who administered the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund — the combatants are increasingly lawyering up and fighting dirty.

One figure at the center of the controversy is United Methodist Bishop Ken Carter. Since 2012, he has headed the UMC’s Florida Annual Conference (as Methodists call their regional bodies) and is now resident bishop of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference as well. During his stint as president of the UMC’s Council of Bishops, a small international team of bishops and other clergy tried to break through years of wrangling over the breakup of the denomination, negotiating the Protocol of Grace and Reconciliation Through Separation.

Tall and affable, Carter is by temperament, and in his positions, a moderate. He is also a consummate institutionalist, a label often used pejoratively but intended here generously: He is a defender and guardian of the UMC he loves so evidently.

Source: Religious News, Jacob Lufter

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