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“Not a Real Schism”: Four Years Later, UMC Exodus Less a Gush, More a Trickle

posted on January 24, 2023

Yonat Shimron and Emily McFarlan Miller of Religion News Service report that only 6.1 percent of United Methodist congregations have left the denomination since it approved a disaffiliation plan in 2019. Four years ago, the UMC’s internal disagreements over LGBT rights had seemed likely to create a schism in the country’s second-largest Protestant denomination. “You think of a schism as 50% or even 35% (split),” Scott Thumma, director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, told Shimron and McFarlan Miller. “This is not a real schism.”

Read at Religion News Service