'Open hearts . . . open doors' motto stays, say Methodists
Some individuals have asked the commission to withdraw the denominational slogan in light of a decision rendered October 31 by the Methodists’ Judicial Council that gays and lesbians have no automatic right to church membership.
“We believe a recent Judicial Council interpretation of church law allowing a pastor to deny membership to a man because of his sexual orientation is contrary to the spirit of the teachings of the church, our history and most importantly the teachings of Jesus, who rejected no one,” said a commission statement November 10 by Larry Hollon, general secretary, and Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, president.
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