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Delegate calls Conference not to do harm

May, 2017

Frederick Brewington, a delegate from the New York annual conference, was among dozens of demonstrators demanding a more inclusive church who took over the floor of a May 3 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. They held communion around the center table and sang songs. Several remained around the table, causing the presiding bishop to suspend the morning session. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey.

A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Frederick Brewington, a delegate from the New York annual conference, was among dozens of demonstrators demanding a more inclusive church who took over the floor of a May 3 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. They held communion around the center table and sang songs. Several remained around the table, causing the presiding bishop to suspend the morning session.

by Art McClanahan
May 3, 2012

Fred Brewington (New York, USA, lay) called on delegates to the General Conference “not to cause pain, not to do harm” by the decisions them make about human sexuality.  “We must now take it to heart that there is a claim by our brothers and sisters who are gay and lesbian and transgender that there is pain that they suffer…when we stand and refer to our brothers and sisters as being unholy we do harm…I pray that we come to our senses so that we don’t have to stand and say forgive me for causing you pain…”