Hundreds more US United Methodist congregations disaffiliate amid LGBTQ+ tensions

Over 7,000 congregations have been approved to break away since 2019, when church strengthened bans on same-sex marriage

Another 250-plus United Methodist congregations have broken with the denomination in north Georgia amid a schism over theology and the role of LGBTQ+ people in the church.

The North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church voted Saturday to allow 261 congregations to break away, or disaffiliate, after theological tensions over bans on same-sex marriages and the ordination of clergy who are openly LGBTQ+.

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