Across the country, congregations of the United Methodist Church–the second largest Protestant denomination in the USA–are having to vote on whether they want to remain in their increasingly liberal denomination or break away from it.
The catalyst for this impending split was a church wide vote in convention to uphold the traditional Methodist–and Christian–teaching that sex is to be reserved for marriage between a man and a woman. The Methodists who embrace homosexuality and same-sex marriage objected to that vote. So the two sides engineered a way for congregations to leave while keeping their property. Methodism will no longer be “united,” except in the sense that both sides will be in a church body consisting of people who agree with each other.