Tuesday, September 17, 2013

letter 49

September 15, 2013

Bishop Mark Webb
324 University Avenue, 3rd Floor
Syracuse, NY  13210

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth:
Not going all the way, and not taking the first step.
                                                                        Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha

Dear Bishop Webb,

The New Testament stresses how Jesus set the policy of equality by living it and we find this repeated in many parables as well.  That was a truth he emphasized time and time again.  It is time for the United Methodist Church to demonstrate this truth without limitations in the Book of Discipline.

All Christians should be able to take comfort knowing that when they walk through the door of a church regardless of race or sexual orientation, they will be welcome to receive the blessing of marriage.  God has made us all.  We are to be there for one another as Jesus taught.  

One of the commandments states “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”   If we as Christians live this commandment, we would eliminate this restriction of marriage currently stated in the Book of Discipline and follow the love that Jesus lived.

With prayers and very sincerely,

               Marilyn Cohen  

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