Norwegian Methodist Church issues apology to LGBT community

 | 
12/22/2020

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.

Regions: ,

Share this:

Latest Global News

Added on: 06/17/2024
06/16/2024
The Biden campaign has marked Pride Month with a blitz of advertisements, interviews and engagements with local LGBTQ groups and prominent figures to try and …
Added on: 06/17/2024
06/16/2024
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Several hundred LGBTQ Ukrainian servicemen and their supporters marched in central Kyiv Sunday to demand more rights and highlight their …
Added on: 06/17/2024
06/16/2024
When Daoud, a veteran queer activist, recently walked past rainbow flags hung for Pride month in the old port city of Jaffa, a historic …

Explore LGBTQ+ Issues

Other News from ,

Added on: 06/17/2024
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Several hundred LGBTQ Ukrainian servicemen and their supporters marched in central Kyiv Sunday to demand more rights and highlight their …
Added on: 06/16/2024
The Rome LGBTQ+ Pride parade celebrated its 30th anniversary Saturday as tens of thousands of people in brightly colored outfits marched through the Italian …
Added on: 06/16/2024
That far-right parties fared well in the European elections came as no surprise – surveys had consistently foretold their triumph. The populist right has …