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“No Resolution Can Change Our Stance On Homosexuality” – United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe

The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe has reaffirmed its stance against homosexuality and same-sex marriages. Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa, speaking on behalf of the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area, reiterated this position in a statement addressed to the church community following the general conference held in the United States from April 23 to May 3.

Nhiwatiwa emphasized that the church in Zimbabwe maintains the belief that homosexuality is incompatible with Christian doctrine, citing it as consistent with biblical teachings. He asserted that, according to African and Zimbabwean cultural norms, marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman, and the church will not officiate same-sex marriages. Instead, United Methodist Church Marriage Officers will conduct marriages in accordance with Zimbabwe’s Marriages Act (5.17).

Highlighting the church’s adherence to state laws, Nhiwatiwa noted that the Zimbabwean Constitution does not recognize homosexuality. He commended Justice Hlekani Mwayera, a delegate, for upholding the church’s position during the general conference.

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Nhiwatiwa explained that the General Conference’s adoption of worldwide regionalization allows each region to align itself with biblical, social, and legal contexts. This provides the opportunity for Zimbabwe to develop its own Book of Discipline, ensuring that the country’s stance on marriage remains unchanged. He projected that regionalization could be finalized by the end of the following year.

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Despite any changes regarding the ban on homosexuality, Nhiwatiwa reaffirmed that the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area maintains its view that homosexuality is considered an abomination based on African cultural values and biblical teachings.

He expressed the church’s commitment to shaping its future in accordance with its principles.

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