Here’s a statement issued by a meeting of 11 of 12 active United Methodist bishops from conferences in Africa.
(Someone out there help me out by tallying how many United Methodists these bishops shepherd.)
Thanks to Creed Pogue for helping with the following. These bishops lead “4,392,638 professing members in 2013 or about half again as much as the Northeastern, North Central and Western Jurisdictions combined.”
Read the whole statement at the link, but here is a passage that spoke strongly to me:
One of the functions of the Bishops of the church is to “maintain the unity of the church”. As leaders of the church, we believe that there are far more important issues that unite us than issues of sexual orientation. As a church, we are called to be in solidarity with people who suffer as a result of unjust political systems, wars, famine, poverty, natural disasters, diseases, illiteracy , etc. We believe that we can be united around these issues rather than allow ourselves to be ripped apart by issues of sexual orientation.