Church leaders issue ‘An Appeal for Oneness in Christ’

Responding to Columbia Union Conference action, unity is stressed Aug 7, 2012 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States Mark Kellner, News Editor, Adventist Review Leaders of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists today issued “An Appeal for Oneness in Christ,” urging the church’s constituent union conferences to shun “unilateralism” in deciding on ordination policy. World church executives and the 13 division presidents issued the statement .  Calling unilateralism “the great adversary of the unified Body of Christ,” the statement included a direct response to the July 29 action of the Columbia Union Conference Constituency Meeting Action to ordain pastors “ without regard to gender .”  The Columbia Union Conference action, the statement said, “is not in harmony with General Conference Working Policy—the collective decisions of world leadership that define the operating procedures and relationships applicable to all organizations

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