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ADDED ON: 12/23/2020

Norwegian Methodist Church issues apology to LGBT community

12/22/2020 | Evangelical Focus (Europe)

On 21 December, 2020, this historic statement was published on the Methodist Church’s website: “The Methodist Church in Norway admits and apologizes for the condemning attitudes and actions that have inflicted insults, harm and suffering on LGBT+ people instead of dignity”. It added: “This is contrary to the gospel of God’s unconditional grace and love. Every human being is created in the image of God and loved by God”. [translated from Norwegian by KPK] The apology has been formulated by the main board of the Methodist Church in Norway after the Annual Conference decided that such a statement was appropriate. The head of the main board, Audun Westad, told the Methodist Church’s magazine Brobyggeren that it is with sorrow that they acknowledge that they as a church have hurt others. “We have not been able to offer the security people should be able to expect”, he said. “Therefore, it is necessary that we as a church just take a stand on this and sincerely apologize and forgive”. Westad said he was proud of the representatives of the denomination, which take such a stand against its own history and dares to say that they as a church have not behaved well enough, and in some cases also behaved hurtfully.

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