Local Methodist reaction to proposed divide by denomination

Local Methodist reaction to proposed divide by denomination caused by conflicting views on LGBTQ inclusion

Friday a group representing the United Methodist Church proposed spinning off the church.

This comes amid decades of fighting over whether the denomination should lift its ban on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy.

It seems everyone has an opinion on gay marriage.

We spoke with a local member of the Methodist church about his feelings on the divide.

“I am really torn about the whole idea about the separating the church,” Bill Buckert said. “As far as the ordination of gays and the marriage within the church, I’m against it personally, not that I’m against gays, I have quite a few friends and acquaintances that are gay or whatever different categories you want to put them into.”

The United Methodist General Conference is slated to gather in Minneapolis in May.

That’s when the church is expected to consider the proposal. The new denomination would also receive $25 million dollars.