Methodist leader says firing was over style, differences of vision

Larry D. Pickens dismissed
The recently dismissed head of the United Methodist Church’s main ecumenical and interreligious agency says his forced departure was due to disagreements over the body’s future direction.

“They didn’t agree with my vision or my ability to bring it forward,” Larry D. Pickens said of his December 5 dismissal as chief executive of the denomination’s General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns, a post he had held since 2004.

Pickens, 49, described the decision as “absolutely disappointing.” He said in an interview December 11 that the action stemmed in part from disagreements between him and some commission members over his support for what he called the “social justice dimension” of ecumenical work.

 

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