The ’Splainer (as in, “You’ve got some ’splaining to do”) is an occasional feature in which Religion News Service gives you everything you need to know about current events to help you hold your own at the water cooler.

(RNS) — A recent meeting of United Methodists in St. Louis caught the attention of everyone from Westboro Baptist Church, which picketed outside the meeting, to the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, who recognized “these costly struggles are familiar from our own recent history.”

The special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference met Feb. 23-26 at the

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