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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.

Lynn Jost

Moderator

Willow Avenue Mennonite Church

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