scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Methodists and Homosexuals
Bruce Harper (bharper@VT.EDU
Fri May 12 2000 - 13:54:03 CDT
The United Methodist Church, meeting in Cleveland this week, has reaffirmed
its stance against homosexuality.
Per the AP story, the votes taken at the General Conference on Thursday
were 628-337 to maintain the stand that "the practice of homosexuality is
incompatible with Christian teaching," 640-317 against ordination of sexually
active gays and 646-294 to forbid same-sex ceremonies.
The full story is at
Methodist news releases from the Conference are at:
The United Methodist Church (http://www.umc.org/) sponsors 11,738 units,
accounting for 421,579 boys in Scouting.
The Commission on United Methodist Men, which houses the Office of Scouting Ministry, filed a brief before the Supreme Court in support of the Boy Scouts
The United Methodist Board of Church and Society took an opposite view.
Neither agency represents the official position of the church; the General
Conference is the official body. Until or unless action is taken at the
meeting in Cleveland, the United Methodist Church has no official position.
The web site for the Scouting program is at http://www.umcscouting.org/
Bruce in Blacksburg
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 56, Blacksburg, Virginia
New River District -- Blue Ridge Mountains Council
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