Friday, April 29, 2005

Methodists back off on gay purge

I was happy to see today that my church is starting to rethink this issue:

Methodists to reinstate defrocked minister

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) -- The United Methodist Church reversed itself Friday, deciding to reinstate a lesbian minister who was defrocked after revealing her relationship with another woman.
A church panel voted 8 to 1 to set aside an earlier decision to defrock Irene "Beth" Stroud for violating the church's ban on openly gay clergy.
The Philadelphia minister said she was relieved by the ruling and hopes the church will become more inclusive to people regardless of sexual orientation.

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