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    Feb 6, 2013
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      Bishop Dyck disputes ‘disunity’ charge

      January 15, 2013 Posted by Sam Hodges, Managing Editor

       

      Bishop Sally Dyck’s recent statement endorsing same-sex marriage has drawn praise and criticism within the United Methodist Church, which officially holds that homosexual conduct is “incompatible with Christian teaching.”

       

      In an interview, she rejected claims by some that her stand will promote disunity in the denomination.

      “Find me a United Methodist who believes and accepts everything in the Book of Discipline,” she said, referring to the UMC law book. “Even (conservative unofficial UMC caucus) Good News respectfully noted that I hadn’t disobeyed the Book of Discipline. I was just publicly disagreeing with it. I don’t think that brings disunity.”

       

      http://www.unitedmethodistreporter.com/2013/01/bishop-dyck-disputes-disunity-charge/

       

       

      Book Review: ‘Torn’ offers balanced talk on church & homosexuality

      January 17, 2013 Posted by Special Contributor

      By Heath Bradley, Special Contributor

      Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate
      Jericho Books, 2012
      Hardcover, 272 pages

       

       Justin Lee has a voice and a story that everyone needs to listen to. He is the leader of the Gay Christian Network (gaychristian.net), a regular blogger (gcnjustin.tumblr.com) and, now, the author of Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate.

       

      In this, his first book, Mr. Lee offers his readers a wide-ranging discussion of the gay debate in the church today, including very evenhanded and brief overviews of the biblical and scientific debates surrounding homosexuality.

       

      http://www.unitedmethodistreporter.com/2013/01/book-review-torn-offers-balanced-talk-on-church-homosexuality/

       

       

      ·         Friday, February 15, at 7:30pm on KQED 9
      KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting present
      A Church Divided

      This documentary takes a look at the 2012 United Methodist Convention in Tampa, FL, where delegates from around the world gather to decide the future of the church and its official policy on gays and lesbians. Progressive Methodists want to amend church doctrine by removing the sentence that identifies the practice of homosexuality as incompatible with Christian teaching, while conservative evangelical Methodists want to retain the church’s traditional stance. Who will prevail?”

       

      The video is about 25 minutes long.

       

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LydlOEXTjSE

       

       

      UM agency leaders welcome news that Boy Scouts may end ban on gay scouts, leaders

      January 29, 2013 Posted by Heather Hahn, UMNS

       

      Editor’s note: At the bottom of this story is a further statement issued Jan. 31 by Gilbert Hanke of United Methodist Men.

       

      Leaders of two United Methodist agencies — United Methodist Men and United Methodist Board of Church and Society — welcomed news that the Boy Scouts of America is considering ending its decades-long ban on gay scouts and scout leaders.

       

      The proposed change would remove a national membership requirement dealing with sexual orientation and allow local charter organizations to decide. NBC News reports that the Boy Scouts of America could announce the change next week at the national board’s regularly scheduled meeting.

       

      http://www.unitedmethodistreporter.com/2013/01/um-agency-leaders-welcome-news-that-boy-scouts-may-end-band-on-gay-scouts-leaders/

       

       

      2 agencies agree with change in Boy Scout ban

      A UMNS Report
      By Heather Hahn*

      3:00 P.M. ET Jan. 29, 2013

       

      Leaders of two United Methodist agencies — United Methodist Men and United Methodist Board of Church and Society — welcomed news that the Boy Scouts of America is considering ending its decades-long ban on gay scouts and scout leaders.

       

      The proposed change would remove a national membership requirement dealing with sexual orientation and allow local charter organizations to decide. NBC News reports that the Boy Scouts of America could announce the change next week at the national board’s regularly scheduled meeting.

       

      http://www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=5259669&ct=12937601

       

       

      Men’s leader elaborates on scouting changes

      By Heather Hahn*

      5:30 P.M. ET Feb. 1, 2013 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)

       

      United Methodist Men’s top leader said he has faced criticism, questions and confusion since releasing a statement Jan. 29 affirming how changes proposed by the Boys Scouts of America would be implemented.

       

      Gilbert Hanke said he has even heard from some United Methodist scout leaders who are threatening to quit scouting altogether.

       

      http://www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=5259669&ct=12941195

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