Due to well-organized efforts from conservative factions within the denomination, the United Methodist Church voted to make the community less inclusive of LGBTQI+ persons almost two years ago. The conservatives had threatened to break away if their demands went unmet. Now, current and former Methodist leaders who see inclusivity and celebration of all lives as essential for faithful integrity have themelves taken a step away, creating the Liberation Methodist Connexion last week. Among the leaders is the Rev. Dr. Althea Spencer-Miller, who joins Welton with the inside story of this painful step.