As I've proceeded through the ministry candidacy process, I've been told of various candidates in the Florida Conference who were rejected from the ordained ministry because of doctrinal disputes. Some examples include those who believe that women should not be ordained and those who rejected infant baptism. These candidates were told that they might be called into the ordained ministry, but not the United Methodist Church, where they would be expected to uphold certain doctrines and beliefs.
This seems fair. But I wonder why it is that apparently, in some conferences, it is acceptable to say that homosexual conduct is not sinful and that said people should be accessible for ordination, in complete contrast to the plain teachings of United Methodism in The Book of Discipline?
A second question that I have is less, well, slanted: what range of dissent should be accepted within the body of United Methodists?