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10-3-12 Union Issues Appeal for Understanding Regarding Inclusive Ministerial Ordination
A response to General Conference leadership
At its September 26 meeting, the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee voted to submit the following statement to General Conference leadership in response to their statements released after the union’s July 29 special constituency vote to ordain pastors to the gospel ministry without regard to gender:
Columbia Union Conference Official Statement:
We acknowledge the concerns and questions our recent special constituency vote raised among some of our church family and administrators and regret that some misunderstood our motives and intentions. We unwaveringly stand in solidarity with our worldwide church family in faith, belief, doctrine and mission and appeal for understanding.
We were compelled to act on our conscience and convictions because we believe it will and already is having a positive impact on our churches, ministries and mission; we believe it is morally and ethically right; we believe that God calls whom He chooses and our responsibility and privilege is to fully recognize His proven calls; we want to see new generations of members unabashedly engage in the mission of our church; and we want to do all we can to hasten the promised return of Christ.
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