The April 6, 2022 article, “Fresno Church Leaders Say Leaving MB Denomination Is Liberating” in the Anabaptist World (accurately) cites me quoting MB leaders threatening, “Don’t think for a moment you won’t get kicked out of the conference” if we were to pass a resolution of welcome and affirmation of LGBTQIA+ persons.
Communication between the congregation and the conference has been open and frank; we have sought to be amicable. I regret that my use of quotation marks creates the false impression that my paraphrase quotes their words and that their response was uncharitable. I appreciate the charitable, forthright communication of MB Conference leaders throughout the process and apologize for the unfortunate mischaracterization.
Willow Avenue Mennonite Church
This article has been posted by Christian Leader staff. The Christian Leader is the magazine of U.S. Mennonite Brethren.