Retired UM Bishops Make Statement
- A Statement of Counsel to the Church - 2011
Out of concern for the welfare of all Gods people, and, out of special
concern for the people of The United Methodist Church, we, United Methodist
Bishops retired, believe The United Methodist Church should remove the
following statement from The Book of Discipline (2008):
The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.
Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as
candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United
Methodist Church. ¶304.3
Our lives and ministries over the years have included prayerful, thoughtful
consideration of our Holy Bible, our Wesleyan heritage, reflection on our
experience of the church and world, and our conviction of Gods intention
for a world transformed.
With this statement of conviction and counsel we seek:
To affirm that the historic tests of gifts and evidence of Gods grace
for ordained ministry override any past or present temporal restrictions
such as race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
To urge the Church, ecumenical and denominational, to change the manner in
which it relates to gay, lesbian and transgendered persons in official
statements, judicial proceedings, and in congregational life.
To declare our conviction that the current disciplinary position of The
United Methodist Church, a part of our historical development, need not, and
should not, be embraced as the faithful position for the future.
To make known our names and shared personal conviction on this matter and
to encourage other church and Episcopal leaders to do the same.
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