The United Methodist General Conference soundly adopted a last-minute
statement of unity after 10 days of meetings that included a proposal for an "amicable separation" of the church's conservatives and liberals.
Bill Hinson, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Houston and leader of the 633,000-member conservative Confessing Movement, drafted the proposal for a divided church. But the proposal never reached the conference floor during the April 27-May 7 meeting in Pittsburgh.
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