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Evangelical Voice Strong at Kentucky AC - Bishop Hospitalized

Hello to both of you (Sherri and Mike);

I saw your report on the Ky. Annual Conference. But I do NOT share your happiness with such a report. I am originally born and raised in that conference.

I have watched over the years, growing up and since, as your conference has AS-BURYied my home church (Cynthiana First). A beautiful historic congregation, it once was 1200 strong. It was a moderate-thinking and tolerant congregation. Now it sits two-thirds empty, having to endure ill-trained Asbury seminarians as pastors, none of whom were the type of pastor that congregation needed or asked the conference for. I lay THAT at the Ky. AC's doorstep. The Ky. AC has killed that congregation. Congratulations.

In addition, the Ky. AC elected Maxie Dunnam to GC. This man has no business being at GC. As Asbury continues to support the Wesleyan Church, the Free Methodist Church, and the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, all separatists from our denomination, this man is NOT representative of either Kentucky United Methodism, the clergy of same, or the average person in the pew.

The rural UMC's in the Ky. Conference continue to die and close. The membership continues to decline in the conference. Wouldn't it make more sense to try and get properly-trained pastors from REAL United Methodist seminaries instead of one that supports those who have left us and is NOT a UMC seminary?? Wouldn't it be a good idea to try and elect leaders who do not stand for intolerance and negativity so that meaningful dialogue could occur?? Wouldn't it make more sense to spend more time trying to solve the problems of decline and decay than worrying about the theological implications of reaching out to the marginalized and the disenfranchised of our society who NEED the church right now more than ever??? Who did Jesus say that we should be ministering to?? Who did HE minister to?

I pray for the conference of my birth and baptism. I'm sorry that I don't share your optimism about the Ky. AC's recent session. I would very much have liked to hear a report stating the growth of the conference congregations, the beginning of new ministries, the election of GC delegates who were true UNITED METHODIST supporters who could engage in meaningful diaglogue on the national level, the care and concern of the Ky. AC concerning the lost of our world, and prayer for the church's future ministries. I'm afraid I did not see that in your report. I have, and will, keep all of you in my prayers.

Soli Deo Gloria;
William A. Webber, IV
Somerville, NJ

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