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Summarized by Gregor McHardy

Churches hold massive gathering but don't invite Mormons
(Phoenix) AZ Republic (AP) 31Jan00 D1
The Associated Press

Bank One Ballpark, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, was full of worshipers on January 15th. Thirty-eight thousand Christians from Mesa, Arizona filled the stands for The Festival of Faith 2000, an ecumenical worship service. But it seems you have to profess a certain brand of Christianity in order to have been allowed to attend, because members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were specifically DISinvited.

In the initial planning stages the Church had been invited, but the invitation was later rescinded. Rev. Gary Kinnaman said "They want to participate and they want recognition in mainstream Protestantism and mainstream Christianity. Their doctrinal positions on the fundamentals of the Christian faith are radically different from the position of historic Christianity."

Letters to the editor in the paper for days subsequent to the breaking of the story were from predominantly non-Mormons. And the heavy majority were disgusted that an ecumenical gathering of Christians would disallow Mormons.


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