Some 200 clergy members and laity attended a forum here on how United Methodists should be in ministry to and with LGBTQ persons. The July 23 event, organized by the Middle Philippines Conference and John Wesley Academy, included a briefing on how divisions over church law on homosexuality affected General Conference 2016, held May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon.
Many who participated felt the forum was overdue and needs to be followed by other opportunities for discussion.
“This forum is like the first ripple in the water,” said Rio Anne B. Dizon, a United Methodist deaconess who served as lay delegate to General Conference 2016.
She and a clergy delegate, the Rev. Apolinario Cunanan, spoke to the forum about General Conference 2016.
Middle Philippines Conference lay leader Rey Samonte said LGBTQ issues have proven divisive, which in his view increases the need for (Read more)