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Accountability Coalition Charges Against Pro-homosexuality UM Publication Dismissed By Bishop


March 1, 2001

James Heidinger, President
Good News
308 East Main Street
Wilmore KY 40390

Patricia Miller, Executive Director
Confessing Movement
7995 East 21st Street
Indianapolis IN 46219

Mark Tooley, Executive Director
UMAction
1110 Vermont Avenue, #1180
Washington, D.C. 20005

RE: Complaint Under ¶806.9: Christian Social Action, November/December 2000

Gentlepersons:

The GCFA ¶806.9 review team has completed its investigation of the complaint you submitted in late November, 2000, regarding the November/December 2000 issue of Christian Social Action. On behalf of the review team, I would like to thank you for your time and effort in bringing this matter to our attention. GCFA takes this responsibility very seriously, and the review team spends considerable time investigating each and every complaint.

The review team is composed of five GCFA members and the General Secretary (chaired by GCFA’s President), with one staff person providing assistance as needed. All members participated in the entire process, with the exception of GCFA’s General Secretary, who has been on study leave for part of this process.

In this instance, our investigation included asking GBCS to provide detailed information and answers to eight questions from the review team; reading every page of the publication in question; reviewing the Disciplinary provisions on homosexuality and ministering to homosexual persons; reviewing again GCFA’s responsibility under ¶806.9; and discussing the entire matter in two conference calls.

The review team has concluded that GBCS did not violate ¶806.9 in the publication of the November/December 2000 issue of Christian Social Action. The review team’s analysis and conclusion is detailed in the enclosed letter to James Winkler, General Secretary of the General Board of Church & Society.

We respectfully request that, if you decide to publish information about the complaint and its outcome, you include this letter and our letter to GBCS in their entirety. Thank you for your cooperation in that regard.

We again thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.

Sincerely,

 

 

Bishop Alfred L. Norris
GCFA President

Enclosure

Cc: Bishop Robert Fannin, GCFA Vice-President
Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, GCFA Member
Bishop Clifton Ives, GBCS President
¶806.9 Review Team Members and Staff
James Winkler, GBCS General Secretary

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