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The bishops of the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church have declared their churches a “safe harbor” for LGBTQ clergy.

The Western Jurisdiction will not withhold or challenge ordination based solely on a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation, according to Wednesday’s Safe Harbor Declaration.

We call upon the entire Church to offer safe harbor for LGBTQ+ clergy and laity to participate fully in the life of The United Methodist Church,” according to the declaration.

The jurisdiction’s bishops needed to make that clear to people, the Mountain Sky bishop said, because anxiety is “sky-high” for many United Methodists — especially LGBTQ clergy.

The jurisdiction includes seven regional annual conferences: the Alaska Conference, California-Nevada Conference, California-Pacific Conference, Desert Southwest Conference, Mountain Sky Conference, Oregon-Idaho Conference and Pacific Northwest Conference.

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