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Frustrated Liberal United Methodists Form New Denomination

Frustrated Liberal United Methodists Form New Denomination

The United Methodist Church (UMC) is gradually returning to its Wesleyan heritage. After the 2000 and 2004 UMC General Conferences reaffirmed traditional Biblical beliefs, a few discouraged liberals have left our church. The Rev. Howard Hanger of North Carolina recently departed because the UMC won’t let him perform same-sex unions.

When UMAction refers to "liberals" in the church, we mean people who reject historic Christian doctrines such as the authority of Scripture, Christian sexual morality, and Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the only Savior. Many liberals also promote far-left political causes through the church.

Now a new denomination has been started by a small group of liberals who left The United Methodist Church out of frustration that our church is not liberal enough.

The "New Methodist Conference" is their church—founded by the Rev. Rob Angus Jones, Convening Bishop, and the Rev. Deborah Giordano, both former United Methodists. The new church has held its first Annual Conference and will hold another in October 2006.

The California-based New Methodist Conference is indeed liberal and calls itself "a new oasis of progressive Protestant Christian faith and practice" for "other exiles." All

Source: Action Briefing - UMAction Briefing - Summer 2006
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