chapter  8
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Analytic Perspectives: Contradictory Institutional Logics

At this stage of analyzing the UMC inclusion struggle, the position of the inclusionists seems to be fairly clear. They are profoundly unhappy with the state of LGBT affairs in the church, focused on the inclusion confl ict and aching for change. They don’t understand why the world is becoming more inclusive while the church is not; recall, for example, Marshall’s (2000: 163) observation that “[h]eterosexism is perpetuated in the name of the church in ways [that] people would protest if these actions were part of other institutions in our culture.” Similarly, an inclusionist at General Conference 1996 is reported to have asked, “[h]ow can the church keep voting this way when the rest of the world is changing so quickly?”1