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NEWS OF OTHER DENOMINATIONS
05 May 1996 08:08:58
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The Washington, D.C., and Chicago metropolitan areas are finalists for
the proposed new headquarters of the United Methodist Board of Global
That unanimous decision was made in New York during a Feb. 27-28
meeting of the 13-member site-selection task force established by the 1992
United Methodist General Conference, the denomination's legislative body.
No longer under consideration are Atlanta, Dallas and Denver.
A single site -- to be decided by June 1 -- will be recommended to
delegates of the 1996 General Conference, which has final authority to move
the Board of Global Ministries. The Board is currently based in New York.
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Citing statistics of verbal and physical assault against gay men and
lesbians, leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Lutheran
Youth Organization (LYO) pledged to "accept gay and lesbian youth."
The council of synod LYO presidents, meeting Feb. 9-12 in Chicago,
adopted a recommendation asking the LYO board to take action "by providing
a place of sanctuary and help with affirmative counseling."
The council consists of representatives of youth organizations in
about 60 of the denomination's synods. About 115 attended this annual
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The Episcopal Church, still reeling from the suicide of the bishop of
Massachusetts, was further shaken last month by revelations that the
church's former treasurer may have engaged in misuse of funds.
In a sobering message to the church's executive council Feb. 13,
presiding bishop Edmond L. Browning and his legal adviser, David Beers,
said that they had evidence that appears to "indicate misuse of church
funds" by Ellen Cooke, who resigned Jan. 6 as treasurer. Evidence of the
potential financial impropriety was discovered only after her resignation,
Council members hastened to assure Episcopalians that the situation
will not affect the wider mission of the church. "We are trying to
communicate to our people that those of us who are fiscally responsible are
taking the necessary steps to get to the bottom" of the alleged financial
misuse, said Bishop Don Wimberly, chair of the council's administration and
finance committee. "We don't want this to damage the mission of the
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