The United Methodist Church has narrowly voted down an amendment to the denomination's Book of Discipline that would have said God is not "male or female."
Delegates from the UMC's annual conferences voted on whether to ratify five proposed amendments that were approved by the 2016 General Conference.
Proposed Constitutional Amendment I was centered on gender equality and included the statement that "it is contrary to Scripture and to logic to say that God is male or female, as maleness and femaleness are characteristics of human bodies and cultures, not characteristics of the divine."
According to official results that were released Monday, Amendment I received 66.5 percent of the vote, less than a half percentage point shy of the minimum 66.7 percent majority. The necessary supermajority was defeated by about 100 votes. ...