It decided 12 years ago to conduct a study into its members’ views on sexuality. After years of research, a report, Pilgrimage of Faith, will be debated at the conference in Torquay. The Times has seen an early draft, which shows that, although some Methodists take the traditionalist line, most agree that the Church should be “ welcoming and inclusive” and should not turn people away because of their sexual orientation.
The strongest disagreements were on how the Church, which holds marriage and chastity outside marriage as its ideals, should respond to sexually active homosexuals.
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