Bishop Says UM Sponsored Pro-homosexuality Seminars "OK" And Do Not Promote Homosexuality Doctrines
We received a reply to our letter to Bishop Galvan.
Would you like to put up our letter to the Bishop and the response on your news? Or do you want to wait for me to report back what we find when we attend the conference on Sunday?
Here's the official response to our letter of February 10:
February 12, 2003
Bishop Galvan and members of the cabinet received your letter dated February 10. Bishop Galvan wants to thank you for voicing your concern. Since he is attending meetings out of the area, he asked me to make the inquiry you requested and to respond to your concerns.
I have spoken with the organizer of the event in question, Larry Fox. He assures me that the purpose of the event is not the teaching of doctrine. The event is intended to be a gathering of people who see the church as an inclusive body in the sense described in paragraph 138 of the Book of Discipline and who want to be together for Bible study, worship and fellowship.
Based upon this conversation, I understand this event to be faithful to the teaching in the Book of Discipline (para. 161.G):
In invite you to pray with me that through this event, participants will benefit from "the ministry and guidance of the church in their struggles for human fulfillment," and experience "reconciliation with God, with others, and with self."
In Service to Christ,
Elaine J. W. Stanovsky
CC: Bishop Elias Galvan
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