There are a number of LGBT-friendly congregations in the Presbyterian Church in the US, but none as big as the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC), which has more than 2 million members.
Its leaders are working to get married, get divorced, and adopt children in the face of opposition from some members who say they are not fully accepting of the LGBT community.
A new study released in the journal LGBTQ Research and Practice reveals how LGBT people can help each other and contribute to the growth of the church.
The research team looked at the experience of LGBT people who were ordained and married to members of the MEC and those who were not.
The team also compared their experiences with those of their married and not-married counterparts.
The results showed that there are positive outcomes for LGBT people and that they contribute to MEC membership.
“In our view, the most effective ways for LGBTQ people to participate in the mission of the Episcopal Church are to be ordained and marry,” said co-author Christine McNaughton, a professor of ministry and ministry studies at Westminster Theological Seminary and an assistant professor of religion at the University of Notre Dame.
The study also found that those who are ordained to the church are not likely to be homophobic, transphobic, or misogynistic.
“While the church is committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is not committed to equality, inclusion, and inclusion in all aspects of life,” McNaugh, who is also the author of “My Father’s Body,” said in a statement.
“These issues are of concern to all of us.
Our work is to help these people achieve their full potential.”
The findings are also promising for LGBT equality in the broader US.
The MEC reported that there were 6,800 openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in its membership in the last year, with a majority of them identifying as Episcopalians.
However, the church said it did not track how many of those who identified as LGBT are in its leadership ranks, and did not have statistics on the number of people who identify as Episcopal in the Church of England.
This lack of data is especially problematic because of the current debate about gay marriage, which has caused some of the Anglican Communion to drop out of the Church’s formal equality agenda.
As a result, many gay people are left without a place to worship, said Peter Dennison, the executive director of the National LGBTQ Taskforce.
“It’s a challenge for all of our people in the Anglicans’ leadership to understand the importance of this and work with us to ensure that we have a place for all,” he said.
“There is an enormous amount of work to be done in that area, so we have to do it together.”
The study focused on the ordination process, not the specific policies of the denomination.
The researchers did not attempt to identify which congregations are welcoming LGBT people.
Instead, they looked at data collected by the church on LGBT-inclusive policies and actions and found that MECs are taking steps to help LGBT people, including by providing more information and support.
The report also looked at how MEC churches have been working to help the LGBT-identified members of their membership, such as offering LGBT-specific services.
For example, one MEC church, the Grace of St. James, opened a gay-friendly club, the Stonewall Club, in April.
The LGBT club will offer services and events to all members of its membership.
The Grace of Saint James has also begun a partnership with the LGBTQ ministry group StonewALL.
MEC leaders have also begun to engage LGBT people in a wider way.
Last month, the organization announced a program called Stonewalls to celebrate LGBT pride events.
The new partnership is also being led by a gay pastor, who said he hopes to have an active role in the ministry.
“We want to be a ministry of grace, not just of love,” he told The Associated Press.
“This is something that is going to be happening on a more organic, non-political level.”
The research is part of a wider push by the Mec to reach out to the LGBT population and get them involved in its mission.
The church launched an LGBT-focused website in 2015, and has launched a website called The Mission, which is designed to encourage LGBT people to be active in the MRC’s ministry.
The site provides information about the church, its mission, and the LGBT mission.
In the past year, the MBC has opened an office in New York City, and in 2015 also opened a national office in Chicago.
The New York office is the largest, with about 40 people there.
In June, the New York chapter opened its first LGBT-affirming church in the country, the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Brooklyn. The