By Yonat Shimron
United Methodists across the U.S. have protested the global denomination’s crackdown on LGBTQ members in all kinds of ways.
But now a group of teens in a confirmation class at a historic United Methodist church in the Midwest has taken the unprecedented step of refusing to join the church.
Eight teenagers, aged 13 and 14, who make up this year’s confirmation class at First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Neb., stood before the congregation on Confirmation Sunday (April 28) and read a letter saying they do not want to become members at this time.
The teens said they took their stand on principle because they believed the denomination’s vote to uphold and strengthen its ban on LGBTQ ordination and marriage to be “immoral” and “unjust.”
“We are concerned that if we join at this time, we will be sending a message that we approve of this decision,” the confirmation class wrote.
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