Amid a rift in the United Methodist Church, local congregations continue to affirm LGBTQ+ congregants

The altar of the Open Table Church in Raleigh, an LGBTQ+ affirming congregation (Chris Kammerer / Carolina Connection)

For the last three years, the United Methodist Church has been embroiled in battles over LGBTQ-inclusion. In 2019, just as churches in the U.S. were pivoting towards a more progressive stance, the denomination passed the so-called “Traditional Plan,” which seeks to penalize clergy who are openly queer or who officiate over same-sex marriages.

Chris Kammerer has more.


  1. Very nice and I’m glad to be and attendee of Open Table UMC Church 🏳️‍🌈 were one is Able to Praise God no matter your background or sexual preference 🙌🙏

  2. I am so proud of you Sarah. God made us perfectly. Each of us is exactly enough exactly how we are. God loves each one of us. No matter what. Thank you for speaking the world’s truth.

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