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12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

One Year After 26-Year-Old Wife Dies of Cancer, Husband Finds Redeeming Love After Loss With Young Widow

After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.

United Methodist Church on Verge of Breakup Over Vote for No Same-Sex Marriage, No Gay Clergy

The issue of homosexuality has long been a hot-button topic for the United Methodist Church, already leading to some churches leaving the denomination. At an international conference in St. Louis this week, leaders from the church deliberated over maintaining bans on gay clergy and same-sex weddings.

While other Protestant churches, including Presbyterian (U.S.A.) and Episcopal, have made allowances for homosexual-friendly practices, United Methodist has firmly retained its ban, despite mounting division and talk of a potential church split.

The second-largest Protestant denomination in America is now teetering on the edge of [a] breakup after the Traditional Plan gained support from 56 percent of the over 800 attendees at the 3-day conference. The Traditional Plan opts for keeping bans on the ordination of “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” as well more strictly enforcing LGBT bans across all participating churches.

By contrast, the United Methodists’ main alternative option — the One Church Plan — would allow regional bodies and individual churches to decide on their own stances regarding gay clergy and same-sex marriage. It would also eliminate wording from the church’s law that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” The One Church Plan was rejected in a second preliminary vote on Monday, receiving support from only 47 [percent] of delegates. The alternative plan was reportedly voted for by the majority of the Council of Bishops in an effort to avoid further division.

While the preliminary voting did not yet put an end to the One Church Plan, it is indicative of where the final vote will land. The deciding vote will not be made until the closing session on Tuesday, February 26.

Delegates ruled on Monday that discontented churches will be allowed to leave the United Methodist Church and still keep their property.

Evidence of the extreme tension within the church over the LGBT issue is surfacing widely.

Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey Straeter
Kelsey is an editor at Outreach. She’s passionate about fear fighting, freedom writing, and the pursuit of excellence in the name of crucifying perfectionism. Glitter is her favorite color, 2nd only to pink, and 3rd only to pink glitter.

12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

One Year After 26-Year-Old Wife Dies of Cancer, Husband Finds Redeeming Love After Loss With Young Widow

After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.