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Nebraska Clergy Respond to Covenanting Ceremony for Same Sex Partners performed at First United Methodist Church in Omaha

Originally from: "Dennis R. Linton-Hendrick" Originally dated: Tue, 16 Sep 1997 14:35:09 -0500 on the Confessing Movement Discussion List:


I do not remember who asked for this but here is my letter to our Bishop. I hope it is helpful. I know there are several more going in from others across the Nebraska Conference. We are now waiting for Joel to act.

Thank you for your prayers for everyone.

Dennis


September 15, 1997

Bishop Joel N. Martinez
P.O. Box 4553
Lincoln, NE 68504

Dear Bishop Martinez:

I am writing concerning the Rev. Jimmy Creech pastor of First United Methodist Church of Omaha, Nebraska. It was reported last week that he was going to "preform a ceremony of commitment for two lesbians." I spoke with Rev. Creech today at 2:15 P.M. and he told me that he did preform the ceremony yesterday, Sunday, September 14.

Therefore, I lodge a complaint against Rev. Jimmy Creech for being in violation of Paragraph 65. II. The Nurturing Community Item C) Marriage---where the last sentence states, "Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches."

Respectfully Yours




Rev. Dennis R. Linton-Hendrick

cc: Rev. Eugene E. Watson, Dean of the Cabinet
Rev. Carolyn Waters, Southeast District Superintendent
Rev. Dr. Douglas Delp, Chp. Board of Ordained Ministry


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