Conversation about inclusion/exclusion and Holy Conferencing

Sue Laurie described the witness that took place in the rotunda of the Tampa Convention Center following the Thursday night session of the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. She also reflected upon the pain experienced as a result of exclusive experiences at some of the sections of Holy Conferencing. After silence the witnesses were “singing for our lives.”

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The Rev. William B. Lawrence.  Photo by H. Jackson/Southern Methodist University.

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Bishop Eduard Khegay.  Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

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United Methodist bishops and delegates gather together to pray at the front of the stage before a key vote on church policies about homosexuality on Feb. 26 during the special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

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