Approximately 6,000 people attended the United Methodist Women’s quadrennial Assembly, where leaders denounced the denomination’s recent voting down of an amendment to their Book of Discipline which said that God is not “male or female.”
Recently, the United Methodist Church announced that their annual conferences narrowly voted down Proposed Constitutional Amendment I, which included the claim that “it is contrary to Scripture and to logic to say that God is male or female, as maleness and femaleness are characteristics of human bodies and cultures, not characteristics of the divine.”
A group of female United Methodist Bishops were present for the Assembly’s closing ceremony, in which they spoke against the rejection of two proposed amendments to the Book of Discipline that centered on the issue of gender equality.
Bishop Cynthia Fierro-Harvey of the Louisiana Episcopal Area, one of the nine women clergy at the ceremony, noted that in response to the amendment’s failing, female UMC bishops “made a statement to The United Methodist Church that provided a glimpse into the need for equity and gender equality for women and girls in our churches and across the world.”
“Yes, we’ve made some headways, but we have a lot of work to do,” said Fierro-Harvey. “And now so along with United Methodist Women and others across the connection, we hope to go back to our annual conferences with this amendment and make a decision that’s better informed.”
Dawn Wiggins Hare, top executive of the Commission on the Status and Role of Women, commented on the amendment’s failure during her remarks on May 18 at the event.
“This is not who we understand The United Methodist Church to be,” she said, as quoted by United Methodist News Service. “The progress we thought was secure is not.”
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Source: Christian Post