General Conference 2008: 'Incompatible' Retained in Discipline
By Bruce Pettit
California-Nevada News Service
Fred Brewington, lay delegate from the New York Conference and chair of the Committee on Church and Society 2, which considered all the sexuality issues here, spoke just before the vote. He said that the "incompatible" phrase is contradictory to two other sentences that are in the same paragraph of the Book of Discipline – that were added in 2000: "We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends. We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons."
But Eddie Fox, clergy member of the Holston (
The General Conference action reversed the recommendation of the legislative committee, which had drafted a new paragraph taking out the phrase and substituting, in part, the sentence: "Faithful, thoughtful people who have grappled with this issue deeply disagree with one another; yet all seek a faithful witness."