by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - The United Methodist Church is planning to split over the issue of same-sex marriage and gay clergy, church officials said Friday.
The third-largest denomination of the US is scheduled to decide the issue at its worldwide conference in Minneapolis in May, but certain churches, like Grace Fellowship UMC in Katy, Texas, have already withdrawn from the denomination.
“I think this is good news, as the potential agreement can end years of conflict and allows us a way to stay true to our values without this continuous battle,” said Reverend Keith Boyette, president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, which leans conservative.
A meeting last February failed to resolve the disagreement between liberal and traditional members of the organization.
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