On December 28, The United Methodist Church's Council of Bishops issued a "letter to the global LGBTQ community." The letter, intended as a pastoral statement, lamented demeaning and dehumanizing treatment of members of the LGBTQ community.
The letter received varying responses from United Methodists - some positive, some critical. It is interesting to see, though, that the letter has provoked response by Methodists beyond the UMC. Dignity and Worth, a group LGBTQ Methodists and allies in the Methodist Church in Britain, has issued an appreciative response to the bishops' letter.
Dignity and Worth's letter is a reminder that not only do debates within The United Methodist Church affect United Methodists around the world, Methodists (and non-Methodists) from other denominations around the world are also listening in as the UMC tries to discern its way forward.