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UM Bishop Laments Lesbians To Be Wed In UM Chapel According To Emory U. Policy He Endorses!

From:   North Georgia Conference mnugent@ngumc.org
Sent:   Thursday, May 10, 2001 8:00 PM
To:     jslife@cfcministry.org
Subject:        Statement from Bishop Lindsey Davis

Statement from Bishop Lindsey Davis
May 11, 2001

Today in the AJC [Atlanta Journal-Constitution] there was an article about a planned same-sex commitment service at Emory University.  Two female members of the Unitarian Church and participate in the Unitarian Campus Ministry have requested that the service be held in Cannon Chapel on May 19.  Although the University guidelines are very restrictive, their request meets the conditions of the University.  This request is the first of its kind since the adoption of the guidelines in 1997.  The service is scheduled to be conducted by the Unitarian Campus Minister.

This service is not a United Methodist service and no United Methodist clergy are involved.  It is planned for Cannon Chapel, which is an ecumenical facility.  Numerous faith groups including Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist and others use the facility for all types of religious rites and rituals.  Although United Methodists do not condone same-sex services, we do seek to respect the religious freedom of all the other diverse faith groups on campus.

I had hoped that respect for our United Methodist relationship with Emory would have prevented such a service from taking place.  I am disappointed that these persons have decided to make this situation into a "media event" which is a violation of the Chapel policy guidelines.  Therefore, it is my hope that the Trustees will review the guidelines to determine if adjustments need to be made.

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