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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.

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.