1972 Study Group report

It is surprising that in his letter to the editor John Lovelace (Reporter, April 6) credits the 25-member Study Group chaired by Bishop James S. Thomas for the words “We do not condone the practice of homosexuality . . .” etc., in the paragraph adopted at the 1972 General Conference. Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, who was a member of the Study Group, remembers that the Study Group report did not include these words. In an article in a recent issue of the Reconciling Ministries Network “Katalyst,” Bishop Talbert wrote: “a motion from the floor was made to amend the report with the following words, ‘Though we do not condone the practice of homosexuality and consider it to be incompatible with Christian teaching . . .’ The amendment prevailed.”

Though I was not in attendance at Atlanta in 1972, my memory from following the events in the Daily Christian Advocate is much the same as Bishop Talbert’s.

Milton S. Jordan
Retired Elder, Texas Annual Conference


Note:   John Lovelace, alerted to the Rev. Jordan’s letter, responded: “The phrase  ‘incompatible with Christian teaching’ in reference to the practice of homosexuality was not in the original Study Group Report to the 1972 General Conference. It was moved and approved as an amendment from the Conference floor and thus became a part of the Study Group report as amended.”


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