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Complaint File Against Pro-homosexuality Unfaithful Bishop Morrison - Immediately Dismissed by Unfaithful Bishops


Posted On The UCMPage.org Bulletin Board by MJR
Location: northeastern PA
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Posted: November 23, 2005, 9:26 pm

Post subject: letters of complaint against Bishop Susan Morrison

Following the Hearts on Fire convocation held early in September, members of the Wyoming Annual Conference filed three letters of complaint against Bishop Susan Morrison. The letters had 114 signatures among them and represented 21 churches within the conference. The letters were delivered to Bishop Violet Fisher who forwarded them to Bishop Jane Middleton. Copies of two of the letters follow:


September 15th, 2005
Bishop Violet Fisher
1010 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607-2220

Dear Bishop Fisher,

We, the undersigned of this letter, as members of several churches in the Wyoming Conference, write to file a formal complaint against our Bishop, Susan M. Morrison. We believe she violated the office of her ministerial trust by participating in the "Hearts on Fire" seminar sponsored by the Reconciling Ministries Network. A careful reading of the purpose statement of the Reconciling Ministries Network reveals a purpose that is in contradiction to the stance of The United Methodist Book of Discipline.

The purpose statement of the Reconciling Ministries Network states: "Reconciling Ministries Network is a national grassroots organization that exists to enable the full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the life of the United Methodist Church, both in policy and practice." Bishop Morrison’s participation in this seminar, sponsored by the Reconciling Ministries Network, is a ministry of presence that represents a conflict and contradiction in witness. She cannot uphold The Discipline with her participation in this program because para. 138 states: "In The United Methodist Church, inclusiveness means the freedom for the total involvement of all persons who meet the requirements of The United Methodist Book of Discipline in the membership and leadership of the Church at any level and in every place." Her presence and her working with an organization whose stated purpose is in conflict with the stance of our Church represents "Disobedience to the Order and Discipline of The United Methodist Church" (para. 2702.e).

It is our prayer and hope that we can, through this review of the ministerial office of trust, have a "just resolution." As our Discipline states: "A just resolution is one that focuses on repairing any harm to people and communities, achieving real accountability by making things right in so far as possible and bringing healing to all the parties."

Respectfully,

Name Church Affiliation


Bishop Violet Fisher
1010 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607-2220

Dear Bishop Fisher,

We, the undersigned of this letter, as members of several churches in the Wyoming Conference, write to file a formal complaint against our Bishop, Susan M. Morrison. We believe she violated the office of her ministerial trust by participating in the "Hearts on Fire" seminar sponsored by the Reconciling Ministries Network. A careful reading of the purpose statement of the Reconciling Ministries Network reveals a purpose that is in contradiction to the stance of The United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Para. 2702.g states that it is a chargeable offense to engage in relationships and/or behavior that undermines the ministry of another pastor. As Bishop Morrison has openly acknowledged that she does not agree with the restrictions regarding gay and lesbian people and occasionally has said so, the confidence and trust of any pastor not sharing this same opinion with Bishop Morrison is recognized as being in agreement through association. Several people have stated in the presence of Church members that they will not send their children to any United Methodist camps for fear of having them exposed to doctrine contrary to The Discipline. Another individual was accused while at work of sharing Bishop Morrison’s belief when the individual simply said they were a member of the United Methodist Church.

While we are blessed enough as citizens of the United States of America to have the freedom to worship as we believe fit, those citizens who, of their own accord, have verbalized their intent to the Church body that they will fashion their life and beliefs to that of The United Methodist Church, should walk the talk and make good on their public commitment to their Church family.

It is our prayer and hope that we can, through this review of the ministerial office of trust, have a "just resolution." As our Discipline states: "A just resolution is one that focuses on repairing any harm to people and communities, achieving real accountability by making things right in so far as possible and bringing healing to all the parties."

Respectfully,

Name Church Affiliation


Last week, a reply came from Bishop Middleton. In part:

"I have carefully reviewed your complaint with colleagues in the College of Bishops and with the Chairperson of the Northeast Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy. We find that there is insufficient evidence to pursue the complaint further."

There must be a better way to achieve accountability for the bishops. They close ranks and act like an autonomous organization detached from those who support them.
MJR

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