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Statement of love and concern for unity in the Church by ASRS

Members of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies (ASRS) meeting in San Diego, Calif., voted the following statement expressing love for the Church and their concern for its unity relating to the upcoming vote on authorizing each division to develop their own policy on the ordination of women to the gospel ministry which is to be taken at the 2015 General Conference (GC) Session:


TO:  Delegates of the 2015 General Conference Session, San Antonio, Texas, USA

FROM:  Members of the Adventist Society of Religious Studies (ASRS)

"We, the members of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies, wish to express our love for the Church and our concern for its unity.

We appreciate the work of the General Conference Theology of Ordination Study Committee as well as the division Biblical Research Committees. These committees thoughtfully expanded Adventist scholarship on ordination of women throughout all areas of the world Church.

We appreciate the clarity and leadership of our colleagues at the Seventh-day Adventist Andrews University Theological Seminary at Andrews University in their statement on “The Unique Headship of Christ in the Church.” This paper is a vigorous and lucid reminder to us that Christ is the sole “Head” of the Church.

Given these and many other efforts to remind us of the central importance of unity in Christ, we urge you to vote YES on the motion approved at the 2014 Annual Council which recognizes the prerogative of the Church’s thirteen world divisions regarding the practice of ordination of women to Gospel ministry."