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It's Official, Homosexuality And Other Sexual Immorality To Be Preached And Taught As Christianity To Northern Ill United Methodists Contrary To Church Doctrine (UMNews)

From: LayLeader@GatewayUMC.org
Sent: Saturday, June 14, 2003 9:49 PM
Subject: Northern Illinois AC Report


This is the conference under Bishop Sprague's "leadership."

Report excerpt:

The only legislation involving lengthy debate was a resolution - approved 56 percent to 38 percent, with 6 percent abstaining - affirming that homosexuality, heterosexuality and bisexuality are all gifts of God. The resolution says the current statement in the denominationšs Book of Discipline that "homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching" is "not reflective of the historic Wesleyan unwillingness to limit prerogatives which belong solely to God, and is not representative of every biblical/theological perspective."

The resolution encourages clergy to proclaim from pulpits that homosexual orientation can be compatible with Christian teaching; encourages lay people to teach it in Sunday school classes; affirms that loving, monogamous, intimate relationships between persons of the same or opposite gender are an expression of God's love; and affirms that persons of all sexual orientations are equally called to ordained ministry.


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