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Monday, May 12, 2008

Methodists Endorse the Clergy Letter Project

I just received this e-mail from Michael Zimmerman of the Clergy Letter Project:

I am thrilled to report that The United Methodist Church, at its General Convention just concluded, endorsed The Clergy Letter Project. The resolution that was overwhelmingly passed at the General Convention, which meets once every four years, adds a statement to the Book of Resolution that reads as follows: “The United Methodist Church endorses The Clergy Letter Project and its reconciliatory programs between religion and science, and urges United Methodist clergy participation.” You can read the resolution and see how it reads in context here:

The General Convention also adopted two other resolutions that are very supportive of evolution
. The first explicitly adds the acceptance of evolution to the Methodist’s Book of Discipline. In part, the resolution states that "We find that science’s descriptions of cosmological, geological, and biological evolution are not in conflict with theology.” You can read the full resolution here:

The final resolution adds a new statement to the Methodist’s Book of Resolution dealing with creationism and intelligent design. The wording reads as follows, “
Therefore be it resolved that the General Conference of the United Methodist Church go on record as opposing the introduction of any faith-based theories such as Creationism or Intelligent Design into the science curriculum of our public schools.” The specific information is available here:

Dr. Zimmerman also reports that 95 congregations have already signed on for Evolution Sunday 2009.


  1. Great news! Of course, this means they probably won't get that endorsement from Ben Stein.