Criminal Damage to Pride Flag at First United Methodist Church on Euclid Ave Near Prindle Ave Arlington Heights

First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights Pride Flag
First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights Pride Flag.

The Arlington Heights Police Department announced Wednesday morning January 6, 2021 that the department is investigating a series of criminal damage to property crimes that occurred between late November 2020 and the end of December 2020 at the First United Methodist Church, located at 1903 East Euclid Avenue in Arlington Heights.

Arlington Heights police say that an unknown offender damaged the Pride flag displayed on the property of the church on four separate occasions during overnight hours on various days of the week.




If anyone has any information about thse incidents, or if anyone has any information about the offender, please contact the Arlington Heights Police Department at 847-368-5300, or contact Crime Stoppers of Arlington Heights.

Anyone having information about this or any other serious crime in Arlington Heights should submit an anonymous text tip by texting the keyword 847AHPD and your message to 847411(tip411).




A pride flag typically refers to any flag, and most commonly a rainbow type flag, that represents a segment or all of the LGBT community. Pride in this case refers to the notion of gay pride. The rainbow flag is a widely used LGBT flag and LGBT symbol that is also frequently displayed on personal social media profiles or timelines.

Progressive-Traditionalist Schism

The United Methodist Church is the largest mainline Protestant denomination in the United States, and the third-largest religious denomination.

Compared worldwide, the United Methodist Church is one of 80 Methodist, Wesleyan and related Uniting and United Churches in the World Methodist Council, which represents over 80 million members in 138 countries, according the World Methodist Council.

The United Methodist Church announced plans January 3, 2020 to split into two denominations in an attempt to end a years-long, contentious fight over same-sex marriage church leaders.




The schism discussion, as part of the 2020 General Conference originally scheduled to be held in May 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The re-scheduled General Conference is tentatively scheduled to be held in August 2021.

Leaders of the denomination of the United Methodist Church said they had agreed to spin off a “traditionalist Methodist” denomination, which would continue to oppose same-sex marriage and refuse ordination to LGBT clergy, while allowing the remaining portion of the United Methodist Church to permit same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy for the first time in its history.

The schism agreement pledged $25 million to the new “traditionalist” denomination, which will break away from the United Methodist Church, and the new denomination would drop any claim to United Methodist assets, such as church-owned agencies. Any existing parish will be set by default as a member of the United Methodist Church (UMC) and would have to conduct votes to convert to the traditional or conservative Methodists.




In 1972 the United Methodist Church added language to its Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church that “homosexual persons no less than heterosexual persons are individuals of sacred worth.” The United Methodist Church traces its origins to the Evangelical Revival of the 18th Century in which John and Charles Wesley were prominent leaders. Methodist societies were organized in North America in the 1762. As the movement grew, American Methodists petitioned John Wesley to send lay preacher missionaries to strengthen and extend their ministry, according to the World Methodist Council.

References …

The New York Times | United Methodist Church Announces Plan to Split Over Same-Sex Marriage

Washington Post | United Methodist Church is expected to split over gay marriage, fracturing the nation’s third-largest denomination

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First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights Pride Flag
First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights Pride Flag.