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UM Bishops Send Out Generic Letter In Response To Pro-homosexuality Statement - Yes To Gays And Lesbians - No To Faithfulness

Generic letter sent to all who write concerning the Bishops' Pastoral Letter rejecting High Court ruling upholding pastor's right to deny membership to the unfaithful:

Thank you for writing to the United Methodist Council of Bishops to express your concern regarding the pastoral letter that was released on Nov. 2 from our meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C.

We have received hundreds of emails from United Methodists expressing their views on the recent Judicial Council decisions and the role of gays and lesbians in our denomination. Because of the volume of correspondence, we are unable to respond to each _expression of concern individually.

We believe the unanimous statement of the Council of Bishops was a clear, measured response to issues raised by the Judicial Council. We believe the Constitution and Social Principles of our church are clear. We believe our churches must be open to persons seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, no matter what their sexual orientation may be.

The Council of Bishops' role in this process is pastoral. Because it was not a formal party in the cases, it could not intervene. We believe the path we chose makes it clear that membership in The United Methodist Church is open to all, including gays and lesbians.

We ask for your prayers as we move forward.

Again, thank you for taking the time to express your concern.

Grace and Peace,

Bishop Roy I Sano

Executive Secretary
Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church

100 Maryland Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 547-6270

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