Published on Press & Sun-Bulletin, by William Moyer, November 24, 2007.
ENDICOTT – Bishop Susan W. Hassinger of the local Wyoming Conference has joined the United Methodist Church’s highest-ranking spiritual and administrative leaders in demanding an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
The anti-war message carries significance in the religious community because it comes from the leaders of the country’s and the Southern Tier’s largest mainline Protestant church, and the denomination of which President George W. Bush is a member.
The action is aimed directly at Bush, said Donald Perry, director of communications at the Wyoming Conference office in Endicott. “War is incompatible with the teachings and example of Christ,” said Perry. “It’s a reminder to the president of what his church is saying and has said about war” …
… Hassinger said the call for an immediate “safe and full withdrawal” of troops from Iraq is based on the bishops’ collective understanding of the Gospel, including Jesus’ role as peacemaker. Hassinger noted a provision calling for the healing of wounds to everyone affected by the war — troops and civilians — was essential to her support of the resolution … (full text).
Tier bishop joins call for Iraq exit, Plea comes from leaders of Bush’s denomination, by William Moyer, November 25, 2007 – Bishop Susan W. Hassinger of the local Wyoming Conference has joined the United Methodist Church’s highest-ranking spiritual and administrative leaders in demanding an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq … (full text);
umc’s Iraq overview;
Episcopal bishop reaches out far for peace (about his recent visit to Iran), Nov. 24, 2007;
Bush’s veto a healthy choice, Children’s insurance bill called too costly, November 18, 2007 … Bishop Stephen Blaire’s recent letter to The Record registered his profound disappointment at President Bush’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program … (full text).