A Church Divided

A special presentation of KQED and The Center for Investigative Reporting.

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Is homosexuality compatible with Christianity? This question is debated fiercely in A Church Divided, a television documentary narrated by Peter Coyote and hosted by Scott Shafer. It follows California delegates to the United Methodist Church's global convention in Tampa, Florida. There, United Methodists from around the world gather to vote on the future of their church and its official policy on gays and lesbians.

Progressive Methodists want to amend church doctrine declaring homosexuality incompatible with Christian teaching, but conservative Methodists want to retain the church's traditional stance. Other mainline Protestant churches, including the Presbyterians and Episcopalians, split over this divisive question. The question now is will it divide the Methodist Church as well?

As the U.S. Supreme Court stands poised to decide the future of same-sex marriage and England and France debate the question in their parliaments, A Church Divided is a timely examination of a complex and crucial issue.

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