Published : Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | 2:10 PM
There are many changes coming soon for the United Methodist Church and with a lot of thought and prayer going into those changes, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, from the Louisiana Episcopal Area, discusses for UM News what her church means to her while relating her hopes for the future of this denomination.As the church prepares to face the General Conference in February and answer whether same sex marriage will be granted as well as whether members of the LGBTQ community will be allowed to be ordained, some members are worried what the future will hold.
But Bishop Harvey is placating those worries, saying that she wants future generations to “have a church like I know. We have that opportunity here to leave that kind of legacy for the future.”
Her priority is to give children a church that offers hope and a legacy to be proud of. “I don’t want to be known as the church that argued about LGBTQ issues,” Bishop Harvey told UM News. “I want to be known as the church that embraced all of what God has called us to be and love one another.”
Whatever the outcome of the discussions are, she believes that it is simply God doing a new thing. She urges people not to see the issue as an act of war but instead one of peace; one that will hopefully do the right thing and welcome anyone into the United Methodist Church.
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