Shawnee Mission clergy say a split of United Methodist Church would have no effect on ministry

Asbury United Methodist
In discussions last year over possible disaffiliation with the United Methodist Church, Rev. Gayla Rapp (left), senior pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, said she was hurting with her fellow parishioners because of the United Methodist Church’s reaffirmation to ban same sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy.

In the wake of an announcement last week of a possible split within the United Methodist Church, some Shawnee Mission area clergy say they’ve share with their congregations their plans to continue supporting incorporation of LGBTQ clergy and performing same-sex marriages.

The United Methodist Church has wrestled with a schism in philosophy regarding inclusion of the LGBTQ community. The church last year had passed a traditionalist plan that prohibited performing same-sex marriages and appointing LGBTQ clergy — and would penalize churches that did so.