A History of the LGBTQ+ Community in the United Methodist Church: How One of America's Largest Protestant Denominations Became So Divided
Logan M. Symons
This project, completed as a part of the senior history capstone course, explores the history of LGBTQ+ relations, policies, and people in the United Methodist Church. The UMC has long been divided on this issue, leading to a proposed split of the church into two separate denominations in 2020 that will be voted on later this year. This presentation explores the complex historical origins of this debate by examining both official UMC church policy and instances of individuals and groups that have acted against it and worked to change it. The aim in exploring this history is to better understand the conflict occurring in the church today.
Ashleigh S. Lawrence-Sanders
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences
"A History of the LGBTQ+ Community in the United Methodist Church: How One of America's Largest Protestant Denominations Became So Divided" (2021). Stander Symposium Projects. 2196.