Union of Methodist and Waldensian Churches

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The Union of Methodist and Waldensian Churches (Italian: Unione delle Chiese Metodiste e Valdesi) is an Italian united Protestant denomination.

It was founded in 1975 upon the union of the Waldensian Evangelical Church (a Calvinist church with pre-Lutheran roots) and the Methodist Evangelical Church in Italy.

It has 50,000 members (45,000 Waldensians, of whom 30,000 in Italy and some 15,000 divided between Argentina and Uruguay, and 5,000 Methodists) and it is member of both the World Communion of Reformed Churches (as Waldensian Evangelical Church) and of the World Methodist Council (as Methodist Evangelical Church).

It is a founding member of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy, an ecumenical body representating Italian historical Protestant denominations. The denomination voted, in 2010, to bless same-gender couples.[1][2]

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  1. ^ "Italian Protestants approve same-sex blessings". Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  2. ^ Gaetano Pecoraro. "Coppie gay, storica apertura della Chiesa valdese. Ma si aspetta ancora una legge". Il Fatto Quotidiano (in Italian). Retrieved 30 April 2016. 

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