The united methodist position on divorce : LUSENET : A.M.E. Today Discussion : One Thread

In another thread there is a discussion regarding the issue of divorce and remarriage. John wesley the founder of methodism was against divorce and speaks of that in his commentary.

But the United Methodist Church does not forbid divorce. Here is thier stance as is found in there book of Discipline 2000.

Divorce When a married couple is estranged beyond reconciliation, even after thoughtful consideration and counsel, divorce is a regrettable alternative in the midst of brokenness. It is recommended that methods of mediation be used to minimize the adversarial nature and fault-finding that are often part of our current judicial processes.

Although divorce publicly declares that a marriage no longer exists, other covenantal relationships resulting from the marriage remain, such as the nurture and support of children and extended family ties. We urge respectful negotiations in deciding the custody of minor children and support the consideration of either or both parents for this responsibility in that custody not be reduced to financial support, control, or manipulation and retaliation. The welfare of each child is the most important consideration.

Divorce does not preclude a new marriage. We encourage an intentional commitment of the Church and society to minister compassionately to those in the process of divorce, as well as members of divorced and remarried families, in a community of faith where God's grace is shared by all.

From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2000--

-- Anonymous, November 10, 2003

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