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Evangelical Voice Strong at Kentucky AC - Bishop Hospitalized

From: Sherri and Michael Morrissey
Date: Friday, June 18, 1999 9:29 AM
Subject: Kentucky Annual Conference

We just wanted to report about the great Annual Conference we had this year. There was a greater spirit of unity than we have ever experienced at conference. We have a strongly evangelical delegation to both General and Jurisdictional Conference. 11 of 14 of the General Conference delegates are known to be solidly evangelical and the other 3 are moderate. 12 of 14 Jurisdictional Conference delegates are known to be solidly evangelical.

KY annual conference delegates voted strongly evangelical on resolutions, many times over the non-concurrence of the petitions committee. In the past, it was extremely difficult to overcome a non-concurrence of the petitions committee. This has signaled a positive change in the KY annual conference.

2 petitions to separate World Serivce and Conference Benevolences passed. One of these was a resolution adopted by the Western North Carolina Conference.

2 petitions on abortion were adopted concerning Paragraph 65.J. One petition would strike "for whom devastating damage may result from an unacceptable pregnancy" from Par. 65.J. The second petition would would add the underlined phrase: "In continuity with past Christian teaching, we recognize tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion, specifically the endangerment of the mother's life, and in such cases support the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures." These two petitions, if adopted, would make our stance clear that the only acceptable reason for abortion is if the mother's life is in danger (this is a rare occurence). It would also eliminate "unacceptable pregnancy" as an acceptable reason for abortion.

6 evangelical petitions concerning homosexuality were adopted. One significant petition concerning Par.304.3 was for deleting "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" and inserting "persons who practice homosexuality". Also inserted at the end of the second sentence of Par. 304.3: "A homosexual is understood to mean a person who: a. Engaged in homosexual practice, or b. Openly acknowledges to a bishop, district superintendent, district committee on ordained ministry, board of ordained ministry, clergy session, that the person practices homosexuality, or c. Has entered into a "holy union" or other covenant resembling marriage with a person of the same sex."

Also, please pray for our Bishop, Robert Morgan. He had to be hospitalized for heart problems in the midst of our annual conference. Bishop Lindsey Davis provided commendable leadership in his place.

May God Bless You,

Sherri and Mike Morrissey

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