Fred Brewington (New York, USA, lay) called on delegates to the General Conference “not to cause pain, not to do harm” by the decisions them make about human sexuality. “We must now take it to heart that there is a claim by our brothers and sisters who are gay and lesbian and transgender that there is pain that they suffer…when we stand and refer to our brothers and sisters as being unholy we do harm…I pray that we come to our senses so that we don’t have to stand and say forgive me for causing you pain…”
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Local church options under separation plans
Depending on the outcome of 2020 General Conference, local churches could have painful decisions to make.
Key African group supports protocol plan
The UMC Africa Initiative is urging some amendments that are less far-reaching than those offered in a Liberian resolution earlier this month.