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9 the general council on finance and administration shall be responsible for ensuring that no board, agency, committee, commission, or council shall give united methodist funds to any gay caucus or group, or otherwise use such funds to promote the acceptance of homosexuality or violate the expressed commitment of the united methodist. The united methodist church affirms that sexuality is gods good gift to all persons. This affirmation begins the denominations statement on human sexuality. It is one of several statements describing the churchs teachings on sexuality. The church affirms that all people are of sacred worth and are equally valuable in the sight of. The united methodist church will very soon lose an entire generation of leadership in the united states, lamented kimberly ingram. dozens of united methodist clergy came out as lesbian, gay or bisexual on monday, defying their churchs ban on self-avowed practicing homosexuals serving in ministry. the united methodist church recently strengthened its ban on openly gay clergy and same-sex marriages. In a joint statement penned september 2015, bishops serving in the african region of the united methodist church wrote an article about three topics church unity, global terrorism, and human sexuality. The article has received much praise from across the more conservative end of the blogosphere and social media. the umc has scheduled a special session of its general conference for february 23-26, 2019, to focus solely on the churchs position on homosexuality. While many in the wesleyanholiness tradition may not care about the direction of the second largest protestant denomination in the united states, we would do well to pay attention. gay people cant serve in leadership roles in the church and it will not recognize same-sex marriages. Pastor david grout of florence united methodist church says this is not a message of hate. though the united methodist church (umc) voted in february to keep its traditional marriage stance, barring congregations or conferences from performing same-sex ceremonies or ordaining gay clergy. United methodist church leaders have proposed a plan that would formally split the denomination after years of division over non-celibate lgbt clergy and same-sex weddings, with the formation of a new denomination for methodists who hold to a biblical understanding of marriage and sexuality.