Weary of constant debates over homosexuality, conservative Methodists are considering a split from liberals over the issue:
"We're tired of this being constantly, constantly, constantly before us," said Dunnam, a conference delegate and leading evangelical. If more liberal churches in the western United States decided they wanted to leave, "the rest of the church would probably agree to that," Dunnam added....
The endless conflict between conservatives and liberals "is more than we can bear," former Houston First Metho-dist Church pastor Bill Hinson told a group of about 150 evangelicals who gathered in Pittsburgh yesterday. "I believe the time has come when we must begin to explore an amicable and just separation that will free us both from our cycle of pain and conflict."
But the pro-homosexual movement doesn't want a split:
Gay-rights activists denounced talk of schism and vowed to stay.
"We are not planning to leave the church. We don't want to leave the church and we don't want to see the church split," said Rev. Monica Corsaro, spokeswoman for the Reconciling Ministries Network, a coalition of pro-gay Methodist churches.
Church leaders had hoped to avoid an ugly standoff in Pittsburgh.
But tensions erupted after a Methodist Church court in Washington state refused to enforce the ban on clergy who are "self-avowed practicing homosexuals."
Yes, the split is coming. And homosexuality is the new faultline to rip through the "mainstream" denominations.