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July 20, 2019

Asbury and Lynnewood United Methodist Churches Welcome All

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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 12:00 am

We, United Methodist pastors of the Tri-Valley area, are heartbroken at the decision of the global United Methodist Church to exclude the LGBTQIA community from ordained leadership in our church and deny the opportunity to our queer siblings in Christ to be married in our sanctuaries. We join United Methodists around the world to denounce this immoral action. We reject the decision to double down on punishment for those who actively support the full inclusion of the LGBTQIA community into the life of the United Methodist Church. We stand by the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay Bishop elected in the United Methodist Church. We pledge our continuing support in working for full inclusion of our LGBTQIA members. Our local churches will continue being faith communities who are welcoming, hospitable and are places of full inclusion; welcoming the LGBTQIA community to our churches with the opportunity to be fully engaged at all levels of leadership and in all our mission and ministries. We welcome all in the Tri-Valley area to our churches.

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