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METHODIST BISHOPS BACK BUSH LIBRARY

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A FrontBurnervian on the Hilltop passes along the following:

Resolution Regarding Southern Methodist University and the George W. Bush Presidential Library

The College of Bishops of the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church affirms the Southern Methodist University Board of Trustees in their negotiations to host the George W. Bush Presidential Library. We believe Southern Methodist University’s Trustees and administration are acting responsibly and in good faith in the dialogue and discussions surrounding the presidential library. The College also voices its appreciation of the work of SMU President Dr. Gerald Turner throughout this process. We celebrate President Turner’s careful stewardship and advocacy of the historic relationship between the university and the church.

Southern Methodist University was founded by the United Methodist Church and continues to enjoy a close relationship with the Church, a relationship underscored in the bylaws of the university. From time to time, the SMU Board of Trustees seeks advice and approval for university actions from the church.

We understand the controversy involved in this proposal. Our action today is focused on the process in which SMU has been engaged. SMU has been forthcoming and transparent in its dealings and communication with us.

Our relationship with Southern Methodist University and other United Methodist-related institutions of higher learning plays an important role in our mission to make disciples for Jesus Christ. We need to continue strengthening these relationships.

February 5, 2007

Dallas, Texas

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