Resolution calls for timeline for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq
Dec 13, 2005
The United Methodist Council of Bishops, meeting in early November, adopted a resolution urging President Bush to set a timeline for withdrawing all U.S. military forces from Iraq. A separate statement signed by 96 active and retired Methodist bishops expresses repentance for “our complicity in what we believe to be the unjust and immoral invasion and occupation of Iraq.”
Whether antitorture provisions become a part of U.S. law or not, the National Council of Churches’ General Assembly last month called any use of torture unacceptable and contrary to U.S. and international norms.
“We can’t completely separate politics and faith. They rise from the same wellspring: the concern about the distance between what is and what ought to be.”—Tim Kaine, a Catholic and a Democrat, who was elected governor of Virginia in November (Newsweek, November 21).
Motto remains in spite of church-membership ruling
Dec 13, 2005
Disagreeing with a recent church court ruling, the United Methodist Communication Commission declared that it will continue to employ a motto used in advertising and on local church signs: “Open hearts, open minds, open doors.”
One of the nation’s largest gay churches has voted overwhelmingly to affiliate with the United Church of Christ, in part because of the UCC’s vote last July to support civil marriage rights for gay couples.