| United Methodist Church affirms its unity |
United Methodist delegates to 2004 General Conference stood, joined hands and sang the hymn “Blest Be The Tie That Binds” before approving a resolution affirming the unity of the church.
The May 7 action was in response to the circulation of a document the day before suggesting the formation of a task force to study splitting the church. The statement, crafted by conservatives, was never introduced on the floor of the conference.
In a May 7 newsletter for conference attendees, the Rev. James V. Heidinger II, president of Good News, wrote that “no such resolution will be brought before this General Conference.” But he added that “the matter of amicable separation is now on the table for discussion by United Methodists.” Good News is an unofficial United Methodist evangelical group.