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Sign outside First UMC Normal
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A pastor at one of Bloomington-Normal's largest United Methodist churches said he believes a proposed split in the global church's stance on same-sex weddings and gay clergy won't divide his church.

Woman with microphnoe and kids holding signs behind her
Colleen Reynolds / WGLT

Isaac Hollis strutted his way up the steps of the McLean County Museum of History on Saturday in 4-inch, patent leather, thigh-high boots.

“So before I get started, can I get everybody to give me their best yazzzzz?"

Gay pride and U.S. flags fly at Methodist Church
Charlie Riedel / AP

Several Methodist church leaders in Bloomington-Normal are joining a national effort to formally resist the global church's recent efforts to strengthen bans against gay clergy and same-sex weddings.

Hope UMC
Eric Stock / WGLT

A United Methodist Church pastor in Bloomington said her congregation has grown in spite of the church's recent decision to uphold bans on gay clergy and same sex weddings.

Merge
Eric Stock / WGLT

United Methodist ministers in Bloomington-Normal say the global church’s decision to double-down on its policy banning same-sex marriage and gay and lesbian clergy runs counter to their message that the church is welcome to everyone.