(Revelation 12:7-10 NIV)  And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. [8] But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. [9] The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. [10] Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
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I am sad that so many are in open rebellion against GOD's Word, and it seems many who claim to be Christians are ashamed to say their Savior's name.   —DennisRussell10@aol.com

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DC Court To Hear Case Of UM Social Agency's Abuse Of Legal Trust To Promote Homosexuality, Conservative UM Accountability Group Will Have Their Say - October 11, 2008

Previous complaints have failed in UM Church rulings in favor of violating the trust to promoting homosexuality in official agency magazine in 2001. The judge ruled that the creators of the 1965 Declaration of Trust probably meant to confine the funds to alcohol and temperance concerns, but she was uncertain whether the language in the document accurately reflected their original intentions.

“The court is convinced that there is genuine issue about whether the (1965) Declaration, as drafted, inaccurately and mistakenly reflects the intentions of the settlors,” Winston said.

At stake is how the Board of Church and Society will use $2.6 million, which includes both the building and principal in the trust fund.

During the Oct. 22-26, 2008 meeting of the agency’s board of directors, Winkler reported that $1.4 million of the board’s reserves have been spent on attorney fees so far. Winkler said the board originally budgeted $100,000 for legal fees but the cost started escalating when five interveners entered the case.

The five interveners, C. Pat Curtin, Carolyn Elias, Leslie O. Fowler, John Patton Meadows and John Stumbo are all United Methodists who have been delegates at one time or another to the United Methodist General Conference, the denomination’s top lawmaking body. One of the interveners, Curtin, has died since the case began.

The attorney general’s office of the District of Columbia is involved in the case because the office represents the public interest in all cases involving charitable trusts within its jurisdiction.

Witnesses who have testified in the case include Winkler, Wesley E. Paulson, chief financial officer for the board, Roger Burgess, former executive with the Division of Alcohol Problems and General Welfare of the Board of Christian Social Concerns of the Methodist Church from 1953-1965, and Stumbo, a member of the Coalition for United Methodist Accountability. The coalition includes Good News, the Institute on Religion and Democracy and the Confessing Movement, groups frequently at odds with the Board of Church and Society over its advocacy work on social justice issues.
(10/08/10) Judge Rule Assets Given For Temperance In Methodist Past Can Be Used To Promote Abortion and Homosexuality In UM present In her analysis, Judge Reid Winston found “clear and convincing evidence” that donations to GBCS’s predecessor agencies “were not restricted solely” for use in temperance and alcohol problems. “Even some of Respondents’ own exhibits show a lack of restrictions on gifts,” she stated. The judge added that “evidence in the record” shows that language in the Declaration of Trust, which the legal proceeding was about, is mistaken in indicating donations were for temperance and alcohol purposes.

Actual Trust document declares fund are restricted. (see document here—PDF)

 

(03/12/10) The D.C. Judge has remained silent. There has been no decision from the court 14 months after promised.  The decision still hangs in D.C Superior Court "Limbo" more than a year later.

 

UM Agency's Financial Abuse Of Trust Funds Still Hangs In D.C Superior Court "Limbo" - March 20, 2009

In 2007, the Western North Carolina Conference overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on the Board to comply with the “purpose stated in the Trust and use Restricted Funds for the work on temperance and alcohol related problems” (see “Petition 34″ here—PDF).
 

The resolution asserted that the Board has not “followed either the letter of the trust or the spirit of its founders as it has expended a large portion of the funds from the trust (approximately $2 million annually) on items and programs not in accordance with the requirements of the trust.”

District of Columbia Superior Court associate judge Rhonda Reid Winston (PDF), a graduate of the Duke University School of Law, is the presiding judge in the case.



The case went to trial Oct. 6, 2008 and Judge Rhonda Reid Winston heard final arguments on Oct. 22. Attorneys are working on final summary statements, which are due to the judge Jan. 8, 2009. After the judge reviews those statements, she will issue a decision.
 

Complaints Against Defiant UM Clergy Performing Homosexual Wedding Ceremonies In California Will Go To Church High Court - July 21, 2008

Retired United Methodist clergy in northern California and Nevada could face disciplinary charges if they perform same-gender marriage ceremonies in the wake of a California court ruling that allows gay couples to marry, their bishop says.

While the church’s California-Nevada legislative assembly approved a resolution in June commending retired clergy who have offered to perform such ceremonies, Bishop Beverly J. Shamana has issued a ruling declaring the statement “void and of no effect.”
The ruling of law was requested immediately after the church’s California-Nevada Annual (regional) Conference approved the resolution on June 21. The ruling was sent July 2 to the United Methodist Judicial Council, the church’s top court, which will review the matter at its October session. A copy of the ruling was obtained by United Methodist News Service during the church’s Western Jurisdictional Conference, meeting July 16-19 in Portland, where a new bishop was being elected to replace the retiring Shamana.

Sixty-seven retired clergy signed on to offer their services under the original resolution. The list has since grown to 82, according to Fado.

The resolution lists the names of retired clergy wanting to participate and states that the conference “commends its retired clergy for offering continued ministry and will communicate to its congregations the availability of the following retired pastors to perform same gender marriages or holy unions.”

In her ruling, Shamana says the denomination’s Book of Discipline declares that performing same-sex marriage ceremonies is a chargeable offense.

UM High Court Says "No, No" To Pro-homosexuality Bishop And Conferences That Changed Church Law To Perform Same-Sex Marriages - April 28, 2009

United Methodist clergy cannot perform same-sex marriages, even in states where such unions are legal or the ceremonies are endorsed by a regional church group.

The Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, ruled at its spring meeting that it is a chargeable offense for United Methodist clergy to perform ceremonies celebrating same-sex unions.

The ruling overturned resolutions from two annual conferences supporting clergy who perform same-gender marriages.

In the case of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, the council affirmed Bishop Beverly J. Shamana’s decision voiding a resolution passed by the regional group backing retired pastors who perform same-gender marriages.

“An annual conference may not legally negate, ignore or violate provisions of the (Book of) Discipline with which they disagree, even when the disagreements are based on conscientious objections to the provisions,” the council ruled.

Council member Belton Joyner Jr. filed a dissenting opinion.

In a separate decision, the council reversed California-Pacific Conference Bishop Mary Ann Swenson’s ruling supporting a conference resolution recognizing “the pastoral need and prophetic authority of our clergy and congregations to offer the ministry of marriage ceremonies for same-gender couples.”

WASHINGTON (UMNS)—A District of Columbia court hearing began this week on questions over whether the United Methodist Board of Church and Society can use United Methodist Building Endowment Funds to promote causes other than temperance and alcohol. The hearing in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia began Oct. 6 and recessed after four days. It will resume Oct. 21, according to Jim Winkler, top executive of the church's social advocacy agency.

Previous complaints have failed in UM Church rulings in favor of violating the trust to promoting homosexuality in official agency magazine in 2001.

The board's trustees filed a request in early 2007 for a declaratory decision on the appropriate use of the building endowment funds and whether the trustees have operated correctly over the years. The Board of Church and Society is the successor to the Board of Temperance, Prohibition and Public Morals and two other agencies of the former Methodist Episcopal Church. The temperance board led efforts to construct The Methodist Building in Washington, completed in 1923.

In spring 2007, five individuals, supported by the Coalition for United Methodist Accountability, were allowed by the judge to join the case as interveners. The coalition comprises the Institute on Religion and Democracy, Good News and the Confessing Movement, unofficial groups that are frequently at odds with the Board of Church and Society over its advocacy work on social issues.

 
UM Church High Court To Rule On Outed She-Male Pastor - August 8, 2007
At this year’s [2007] Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference in late May, Bishop John R. Schol reappointed the Rev. Drew Phoenix as pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Baltimore. Phoenix, 48, had been minister at St. John’s for five years as the Rev. Ann Gordon. After surgery and hormone therapy in the past year, the pastor changed his gender to male and adopted a new name. - August 8, 2007 Formal Charges Filed In UM He-She Pastor Case - November 13, 2007
  The UMC's Judicial Council had considered whether to remove Minister Drew Phoenix from his position at his Baltimore church...
  The Council did not address whether a change in one's gender violates the denomination's rules.
  A Maryland pastor has filed a formal complaint about Phoenix's appointment to lead St. John's.

During discussion around Phoenix in the Baltimore-Washington executive clergy session, two requests were made for the bishop’s decision of law. The first asked whether a name change based on a change of gender identity should be listed in a category which requires no discussion or approval, or whether it should be placed under another disciplinary area that requires consent and recommendation by the conference Board of Ordained Ministry. The second asked whether transgender persons are eligible for appointment in The United Methodist Church. - August 8, 2007

High Court Rules She-Male Pastor Must Remain In Pulpit - October 30, 2007

A clergyperson who remained in good standing in the annual conference is required to be continued under appointment. A clergyperson’s good standing cannot be terminated without administrative or judicial action having occurred and all fair process being accorded.

UM High Court To Rule On She-Male Pastors, Fornication Benefits, Sodomite Recruiting - October 10, 2007

In his ruling, Bishop Schol wrote that "There are no paragraphs in the 2004 Book of Discipline that prevent transgender clergy from serving in an appointment."
  The Judicial Council automatically reviews all bishops’ decisions of law, as is required by the Book of Discipline. - August 8, 2007

Pro-homosexuality UM Bishop's Suspension Of Faithful Pastor For Denying Membership To Anti-church Homosexual To Go To Church's High Court  - July 8, 2005
Pro-homosexuality Bishop Suspends Faithful UM Pastor For Refusing To Receive Practicing Homosexual Activist Into Church Membership - Bishop Threatens Other Clergy Into Vow Of Silence - July 1, 2005

   Bishop Kammerer put a minister (Pastor Edward Johnson) on unpaid leave until he recants his position of not allowing a self-avowed homosexual to join the UM Church he was serving.
   This is outrageous but has not hit the news. WHY? The Virginia clergy session of annual conference was sworn to confidentiality or threatened that if they talked they would be put on unpaid leave also.
Faithful UM Pastor Suspended For Disobeying Pro-homosexuality Bishop's Command To Disobey Church Law - Church High Court To Decide - July 27, 2005

   The placement of Johnson on involuntary leave stemmed from him being charged with violating church polity and being "unwilling to take direction from his district superintendent and his bishop," according to the minutes of the clergy session. The action was confirmed by a two-thirds vote of those at the clergy session - 418-114, with 8 abstentions.
   The case will also come before the Judicial Council, the denomination's nine-member supreme court, which meets Oct. 26-29 in Houston. The council will review Kammerer's decisions on fair process and pastoral authority under Paragraphs 214 and 225 of the Book of Discipline. The court automatically reviews every bishop's ruling of law from annual conference sessions.

  Mark Tooley, director of the United Methodist Action Committee for the Institute on Religion and Democracy, ... believes Johnson's suspension could eventually be nullified. "This case ... will go before the denomination's Judicial Council, the top church court, at their meeting in October," he notes. "So possibly, and maybe even likely, the Judicial Council will overturn Bishop Kammerer's decision."
   According to Tooley, the homosexual man involved is proud and unrepentant of his sinful lifestyle, and seemingly wants to make himself a test case against the church's teachings. That being the case, the IRD spokesman says Pastor Johnson was justified in denying the man membership.

Faithful Pastor And UM Church Law Lose Again To Sexually Active Homosexual - April 5, 2007

   The pastor of a Virginia United Methodist church has granted membership to the gay man whose 2005 denial of membership by the previous pastor prompted controversy across the denomination on the issues of homosexuality and pastoral authority.
   Burkholder [new pastor] said he based his decision to receive the man into membership on the council's ruling, the criteria for membership found in Paragraph 214 of the 2004 Book of Discipline and the invitation for membership found in the Service of Word and Table 1 of the United Methodist Hymnal.

Unrepentant Active Homosexual "In" And Faithful Pastor "Out" Despite UM High Church Ruling - March 31, 2007

   The homosexual man who precipitated the two year national controversy over the Rev. Ed Johnson has been accepted as a member at South Hill United Methodist Church in South Hill, Virginia by Rev. Johnson’s successor. Two years ago, then pastor Ed Johnson had declined immediate church membership for the homosexual man, who was cohabitating with his same-sex partner. Bishop Charlene Kammerer intervened, demanding immediate church membership for the homosexual man. When Johnson refused, the bishop put him on unpaid administrative leave.

 

UM Higher Education Agency To Gather Denomination's "brightest" To Make Statement Opposing Church High Court's Ruling To Uphold High Court's Ruling To Uphold Church Law In Virginia Homosexual Case - November 14, 2006

The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry will gather a diverse group of bishops, seminary professors and pastors to probe the implications of Judicial Council decisions that upheld the right of the Rev. Ed Johnson, pastor of South Hill (Va.) United Methodist Church, to deny membership to a practicing gay man.

After the group considers papers dealing with the theological implications of the rulings, the members will attempt to craft a statement outlining the results of their deliberation. The statement may include points of disagreement or agreement, agreed-upon insights or conclusions, as well as any desire for further dialogue.

Pro-homosexuality UMs Fight Church Law And High Court's Decision In High Court, Again, Again, Again,....... - October 7, 2006

Two docket items [see below] at this session of the Judicial Council directly affect the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (lgbt) United Methodists and their families. The powerful witness of local reconciling people will both hold the council accountable to our faith and affirm that we are permanently and powerfully part of our UM family by our baptism.

UM Bishops Disappointed With High Court's Upholding Church Law - Vows To Undermine It At Next Gathering Of Church Lawmakers - May 4, 2005
   Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, of the Texas Annual Conference, said she was disappointed that the church court did not vote to reconsider the rulings, but said she "respects the Judicial Council and their process." Huie began a two-year term as president of the denomination's Council of Bishops this month.
    "I agree that this larger issue belongs to the church, and the proper place for the debate to continue is in our church, specifically at the 2008 General Conference," she said. "We will continue our dialogue on how the church responds to homosexuals."

United Methodist Court Reaffirms Ruling in Gay Church Membership Case - Pro-homosexuality Bishop Relocates Faithful Pastor To Make Room For Active Homosexuals - May 3, 2006
  The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council has refused to reconsider its ruling in favor of a local pastor who would not grant immediate church membership to an unrepentant active homosexual in his congregation.
   Earlier this year, Johnson was informed that Bishop Kammerer would be relocating him to a different church in June, even though Johnson’s church had requested that he remain.


Denominational Factions File Dueling Briefs To Keep/Undo High Court Rulings Regarding Homosexuality
  FULL TEXT: Brief filed against reconsideration of Judicial Council Decision 1032
  FULL TEXT: Brief filed against reconsideration of Judicial Council Decision 1031
  FULL TEXT: Brief filed for reconsideration of Judicial Council Decisions 1031, 1032


UM Bishop To Sneak Unrepentant Homosexual Into Membership At Virginia UM Church In Spite Of High Court Ruling - January 26, 2006

  Gavin [unrepentant homosexual] is healing from a broken leg, thanks to an out-of-control snowboarder. He's saying he's going to join Calvary and transfer his membership back to SHill b/c the Bishop said Ed Johnson could not stop that transfer. We'll see.


Rebuked Bishop Restores Faithful Pastor, But Sends In Pro-homosexuality "Goon Squad" To Assure Pastor's Right To Deny Membership Is Not Carried Out - November 17, 2005

   A team of trained Conference leaders will go to the church at the appropriate time for facilitating healing and moving forward with their ministries.

   The Judicial Council has made its rulings that affect the Virginia Conference by a 4-3 majority vote*, with three members dissenting. The Council of Bishops has unanimously approved and issued a Pastoral Letter to the people called United Methodist that disagrees with the rulings. It is important to remember that we have the Judicial Council, the Council of Bishops, and the General Conference that serve as checks and balances in our democratic form of polity as The United Methodist Church.

UM Bishop's Council Issues Statement Rejecting High Court Ruling - Pastors Must Obey Bishop And Accept Gays - November 3, 2005

  While pastors have the responsibility to discern readiness for membership, homosexuality is not a barrier...
  We also affirm our Wesleyan practice that pastors are accountable to the bishop, superintendent, and the clergy on matters of ministry and membership.

Faithful UM Pastors CAN Deny Membership To Unrepentant Homosexuals - October 31, 2005

  The decisions of law of Bishop Charlene P. Kammerer are reversed. The 2004 Discipline invests discretion in the pastor-in-charge to make the determination of a person’s readiness to affirm the vows of membership (¶ 217). Paragraphs 214 and 225 are permissive and do not mandate receipt into membership of all persons regardless of their willingness to affirm membership vows.

UM High Court Decision: Suspended Faithful UM Pastor To Be Reinstated - Conference Ministry Board and Bishop Violated Pastor's "Fair Hearing" Rights - October 31, 2005

  The decision of law of Bishop Charlene P. Kammerer is reversed. This case is remanded to the Virginia Annual Conference to terminate forthwith the involuntary leave of absence of the Elder.
  The Conference Relations Committee of the Conference Board of Ordained ministry had no authority to consider to a judicial complaint. The Board’s authority extends to consideration of remedial or other action on an administrative complaint. The Board of Ordained Ministry transformed an allegation determined by the Bishop to be the basis for an administrative complaint into a chargeable offense and as such did not have disciplinary authority to consider the complaint. The Clergy Session’s action in approving involuntary leave of absence based on specifications supporting a chargeable offense is null and void.
  The Elder is entitled to reinstatement to the status he held immediately prior to the action placing him on involuntary leave of absence. The Elder is entitled to receive immediate appointment an all salary and other benefits retroactive to July 1, 2005.

Complaint Filed Against Pro-Homosexuality Bishop Morrison For Participation In Pro-homosexuality Convocation Opposing Church Law And Doctrine - September 15th, 2005
Complaint File Against Pro-homosexuality Unfaithful Bishop Morrison - Immediately Dismissed by Unfaithful Bishops - November 24, 2005

   We, the undersigned of this letter, as members of several churches in the Wyoming Conference, write to file a formal complaint against our Bishop, Susan M. Morrison. We believe she violated the office of her ministerial trust by participating in the "Hearts on Fire" seminar sponsored by the Reconciling Ministries Network. A careful reading of the purpose statement of the Reconciling Ministries Network reveals a purpose that is in contradiction to the stance of The United Methodist Book of Discipline.
None Reply came from Bishop Middleton:
   "I have carefully reviewed your complaint with colleagues in the College of Bishops and with the Chairperson of the Northeast Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy. We find that there is insufficient evidence to pursue the complaint further."
Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference Lesbian UM Pastor Comes Out Of the Closet, Too - May 29, 2004
Read Lesbian UM Pastor's Coming Out Sermon - May 31, 2004

"First of all, I want to tell you about a very important person that most of you haven't had a chance to know. That person is my partner, Chris Paige. Chris and I have lived together in a covenant relationship for two and a half years." ―Beth Stroud

Lesbian Pastor goes "in your face" with new website promoting her homosexuality.
Website for Beth Stroud - bethstroud.info

UM Bishop Orders 2nd Hearing of Beth Stroud Case; Lesbian Remains in Pulpit, as "No date has been set for a new hearing" - September 20, 2004

In a Sept. 9 letter to the committee’s chairperson, the Rev. Kent E. Kroehler of Lancaster, [Bishop]Yeakel said the committee’s 5-3 vote on July 23 to file a charge against Stroud did not meet requirements of both church law and rulings of the denomination’s top court, the Judicial Council.

The bishop also declared the committee "was not properly constituted to adopt either the charge or specifications" in the case against Stroud, who serves as associate pastor of First United Methodist Church of Germantown. Yeakel said a statement from members of the committee, supporting the specification in the case but against bringing a charge, is contrary to an October 2003 Judicial Council decision stemming from a Washington state case.

A Publicly Professed Sexually Active Lesbian UM Pastor May Have To Be Tried As A Professed Sexually Active Lesbian UM Pastor - July, 30, 2004

The Committee on Investigation of The United Methodist Church’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference voted July 23 that there was enough evidence to send the case of Beth Stroud, FUMCOG’s associate pastor, to a church trial.

Pennsylvania Lesbian Pastor Beth Sroud Complaint Moves to Judicial Process - July, 21, 2004

Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference Lesbian UM Pastor Comes Out Of the Closet, Too
  After a year of discussions with Bishop Peter Weaver (Philadelphia Area), the Rev. Beth Stroud, associate pastor of First UMC in Germantown, Pa., will appear July 23 before an investigating committee in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference to see if enough evidence exists for a church trial on charges that she is violating church law. In a sermon to parishioners in April 2003, she admitted her sexual orientation and living arrangements.

UM Church High Court Decision: Defrocked, Re-frocked Practicing Lesbian UM Minister, Defrocked! - October 31, 2005

The decision of the Northeast Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals is reversed and the verdict and penalty of the trial court in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference is reinstated. Rev. Stroud was accorded all fair and due process rights enumerated in the Discipline and in Judicial Council decisions. Regulation of the practice of homosexuality does not violate the “status” provisions of the Constitution. The Committee on Appeals was without jurisdiction to declare that ¶ 304.3 established a new standard of doctrine contrary to our present existing and established standards of doctrine. Such a determination is reserved solely to the General Conference, and the Discipline does not require that it must use specific language to do so. The instructions of the presiding officer of the trial court correctly stated the law of the church with respect to the penalty deliberations of the trial court and did not constitute error.

Confessed Practicing Lesbian UM Pastor Reinstated As Pastor After Appeal - April 30, 2005

  Irene Elizabeth "Beth" Stroud, who was found guilty of violating United Methodist church law for being a practicing lesbian and lost her clergy credentials last December, won her appeal in a decision announced April 29.
  The appeals committee upheld part of the trial court’s finding but overturned the verdict in an 8-1 vote, citing legal errors.

The Pro-homosexuality UM Soap Opera Continues: Defrocked Lesbian Beth Stroud Advances April 28 Appeal Hearing as another Grandstanding Multimedia Event - February 19, 2005

Convicted, Defrocked Lesbian UM Pastor Who Remains UM Pastor In Spite Of Conviction And Defrocking To Appeal Conviction To Become Convicted "Frocked" Lesbian UM Pastor - December 18 2004

   She decided last week to appeal but delayed the announcement until after Christmas weekend: Notice of appeal must be filed this week.
   She said one factor in her decision was something retired Bishop Joseph Yeakel, the judge who presided at her church trial, said to her after the verdict. Yeakel told Stroud "the day will come when the church apologizes for this decision."

Convicted, Defrocked Lesbian UM Pastor Goes "In Your Face" - Keeps Her "Frock" And Remains In Pulpit - December 13, 2004
     "It was weird: all through that hard experience, with all that was overwhelming and sad and unreal and new and absurd about it, I felt – for the most part – really pretty good."

Convicted, Defrocked Lesbian UM Pastor To Continue Ministry to UM Congregation As Convicted Defrocked Lesbian Pastor - December 6, 2004

The trial court — or jury — of 13 clergy members voted 7-6 to withdraw her credentials. “In the divided vote, I feel the dividedness of the church, but I feel hopeful,” Stroud said. She considers the trial to be a “teaching moment” for the denomination, she said.

Despite being unable to perform the sacraments, Stroud said she is eager to continue her ministry at First United Methodist Church in Germantown, Pa. — where she had been an associate pastor since 1999 — as a layperson.

Lesbian UM Pastor Convicted Of Violating Church Law

A jury made up of United Methodist Church clergy convicted a lesbian minister Thursday of violating church law by openly living with her partner in a lesbian sexual relationship.

83 Year Old UM Conservative Renewal Leader Confesses "sexual misconduct with an adult female occurring over a number of years." - August 6, 2005
The Rev. David A. Seamands, who is also a nationally known best-selling author and Asbury Seminary professor emeritus, told the congregation he had been accused of "sexual misconduct with an adult female occurring over a number of years." Seamands said he had agreed to follow a "redemptive plan of accountability" which complies with Methodist church law.  
San Francisco UM Church Joins Homosexual Rebellion And Performs Gay Wedding During Sunday Worship - February 25  2004
San Francisco UM Disobedience Count Rises To Eight Homosexual Marriages Performed By UM Pastor
  The Rev. Karen Oliveto, pastor of Bethany United Methodist Church in San Francisco, has provided God's blessing to eight couples who were issued civil marriage licenses since the great wedding march to City Hall began last Thursday.

Dan Johnson and Bill Hinson became the first gay couple ever married in the sanctuary of a United Methodist Church on Sunday [Feb. 15]. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto, at the church she has served for 12 years -- Bethany UMC in San Francisco -- during the regular morning worship.

Johnson and Hinson, partners for 12 years and members of Bethany, said they could have chosen to be married in San Francisco City Hall, but wanted a church wedding. Marriages of gay and lesbians couples were declared legal in San Francisco by Mayor Gavin Newsom last week.

Pastor faces complaint for performing gay marriages (UMNS) - February 27, 2004
  SAN FRANCISCO (UMNS) - A complaint has been filed against a United Methodist clergywoman for performing a series of gay wedding ceremonies after City Hall issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
  The Rev. Karen Oliveto conducted seven ceremonies at San Francisco City Hall and an eighth in the sanctuary at Bethany United Methodist Church during the Feb. 15 worship service.

Complaint Filed Against SF UM Pastor In Homosexual Marriage Ceremonies - Bishop, Who Changed Her Name To Pagan Priest, Dodges Issue - February 25, 2004
   A complaint has been filed against a Methodist pastor who performed a marriage ceremony for two gay men in San Francisco last week.
   KCBS reporter Bob Butler says Pastor Dr. Karen Oliveto with Bethany United Methodist Church performed the ceremony during church services. Someone then filed a complaint accusing her of disobeying church doctrine.
   Oliveto said that doctrine was written three decades ago, and times have changed.

It's Official - Pagan UM Bishop Dismisses Charges Against Openly Homosexually Active Lesbian Pastor - October 10, 2004
  WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (UMNS) -- A complaint against a United Methodist pastor for performing a gay marriage ceremony in a church sanctuary has been dismissed by Bishop Beverly Shamana [Bishop changed her name to means pagan priestess] of the denomination's California-Nevada Conference.

Pagan Bishop Resolves Complaints Against UM Clergy Women For Performing Homosexual Marriages By Blessing Her New Position In Charge Of Ministerial Students!!!??? - October 5, 2004
  Beverly Shamana [Bishop changed her name to means pagan priestess], bishop of The United Methodist Church's California Nevada Annual Conference, told Oliveto and PSR this week that "the complaint has been resolved in a manner consistent with the 2000 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. The goal of the Book of Discipline is reconciliation and resolution, and this goal has been achieved."

William McKinney, president of PSR, says, "We are delighted that Karen has returned to PSR and look forward to her role in preparing the next generation of courageous leaders for The United Methodist Church and its partner denominations. Karen's actions throughout the year have embodied PSR's core values, including compassion and justice for people of all genders, sexual orientations and races, and mutual respect in our partnerships with faith communities. She has practiced the kind of leadership we aim to develop in our students."

San Fran's UM Clergy, Karen Oliveto, Charged for Performing Most Recent Homosexual Marriage, Moves On To Bigger And Other Things - Formal complaint to be hidden in another UMC closet - July 21, 2004

Rev. Karen Dammann: Complaints File Against Confessed Lesbian UM Pastor, Church Leader Suggests "Loop Hole" Possible
Rev. Karen Dammann, the previous pastor at Woodland Park, announced early in the year 2001 that she is a lesbian.

UM Pastor marries her lesbian sexual partner - March 15, 2004
Dammann has taken a leave of absence and she and her family have moved to the Oregon coast, hoping to escape the spotlight -- and stress -- leading up to the trial, which starts Wednesday. On Thursday, she and Savage were married in Portland.

Sexually Active Lesbian Pastor Continues In UM, High Court Ruling Postponed - June 21, 2003
MEMORANDUM NO. 967
IN RE: Appeal from the Decision of the Court of Appeals in the Western Jurisdiction in the Matter of the Rev. Karen Dammann.
Deferred to October, 2003.

Bishop Elias Galvan initiated the complaint and an investigation after a ruling in October 2001 from the denomination's highest judicial body, the Judicial Council.- December 19, 2001

Homosexual Pastors Remain in UMC Pulpits, While Pacific Northwest Pro-homosexual Leadership "Goes Through the Motions" of Disciplinary Actions - December 18, 2001

High Court Rules Ban On Practicing Homosexual Clergy Stands, But Leaves Loop Hole For Un-faithful Pro-homosexuality AC's To Rule Such Clergy Fit - October 29, 2001

Professed Lesbian UM Found Not Guilty Of Being A Professed Lesbian UM Pastor By Her Pro-homosexuality Clergy Peers
   *Dammann Trial Verdict*
(3:45 p.m. PT, Saturday, March 20, 2004)
   BOTHELL, Wash. -- The 13-member jury in the trial of the Rev. Karen Dammann has returned a verdict of not guilty.
   Eleven members of the jury -- or trial court -- voted not guilty, while two jurors were undecided. The trial court comprises a panel of Dammann's clergy peers in the United Methodist Church's Pacific Northwest Annual (regional) Conference.
   Nine guilty votes would have been needed to have convicted Dammann. In a United Methodist clergy trial, the respondent has the right to appeal a guilty verdict. However, the church cannot appeal a not-guilty verdict.

Karen Dammann trial questions and answers (UMNS) - March 3, 2004

Lesbian UM Pastor's Trial To Be Made A Public Spectacle To Promote Homosexuality
  The church trial of the Rev. Karen Dammann will be open to the public. Presiding bishop, William Boyd Grove, announced that, following a closed session in which the jury will be selected, observers will be allowed to be present for the trial. Church law specifies that trials will be closed unless the clergy person under charges requests an open trial.

Investigation Committee Member Resigns And Active Lesbian UM Pastor To Go To Trial After Three Years - January 14, 2003
  Bishop Galvan will designate another Bishop to convene and preside at a trial court sometime during 2004. Jurors will be selected from a pool of clergy persons named by the district superintendents of the conference.

Pro-homosexuality Annual Conference Officials Refuse To Try Open Lesbian Pastor, Again - December 18, 2003
  Des Moines, WA-- For the second time this year, a committee of her clergy peers has declined to send the Rev. Karen Dammann to a church trial, which could eject her from the ordained ministry. At least, not yet. She is pastor of the Ellensburg (WA) United Methodist Church.
  "Today the postponement of decision was about more than me," Ms. Dammann told RMN. While the committee's testimony and discussions are secret, she admitted: "Several on the committee seemed to believe that even the national Judicial Council does not have the authority to direct the verdict which a Conference Committee must make."

Pro-homosexuality UM Conference Leadership Assures Lesbian Pastor She'll Remain in Pulpit Indefinitely While Liberal-stacked Committees Play Games with Rules - October 29, 2003
  The court also said it was retaining jurisdiction "for the purpose of ensuring that its decision is implemented."
  The court seems to have taken a new step in defining its own role and that of the annual conference in overseeing the judicial process, Stanovsky said. Clearly, she said, the Judicial Council members "were dissatisfied with procedural matters. Clearly, they are wanting to exercise more influence at the annual conference level than they have in the past."
  However, she said, she didn’t hear the Judicial Council take away the committee on investigation’s responsibility for determining grounds for a church trial. "I wouldn’t say (a trial) is a certainty" in Dammann’s case, she said.

UM High Court Rules Homosexually Active Lesbian Pastor Remains In Good Standing, Pro-homosexuality Lower Court Must Rule Again and Again Until They Get It Right....Right! - October 28, 2003
  Dammann, a sexually active lesbian, remains in "good standing" as a pastor until the two previous pro-homosexuality committees on investigation, who dismissed charges against her once, rule again. If they rule the same, again, these same committees will have to rule on complaints against themselves for not ruling correctly...Right!!
  If they do not rule correctly on themselves, as they did with Dammann, the Judicial Council will again remand it back to the same committees to rule correctly.

Sexually Active Lesbian Pastor OK'd For Pastor Goes To Church High Court - March 3, 2003
The case of the Rev. Karen Dammann, a pastor accused of violating United Methodist law by living in a lesbian relationship, is going to the church’s supreme court.

Confessed Practicing Lesbian UM Pastor OK'd To Say As Pastor With Lesbian Lover By Disobedient Western Jurisdiction - February 2, 2003
The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals, meeting Jan. 29-30 in Seattle, voted 4-3 to affirm the dismissal of the charge against the Rev. Karen Dammann. The ruling upholds a July 24 decision by the Pacific Northwest Annual (regional) Conference Committee on Investigation.

Confessed Lesbian Pastor's Church Trial Acquittal By Pro-homosexuality Annual Conference To Be Visited Again By Pro-homosexuality Jurisdiction - January 19, 2003
     The Western Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals will consider an appeal in the case against the Rev. Karen Dammann in a closed hearing January 29-30. A complaint was filed against Rev. Dammann in 2001, referring to her disclosure to Bishop Elias Galvan and clergy colleagues [at Annual Conference and local newspapers] that she is "living in a partnered, covenanted homosexual relationship with another woman." Bishop Galvan referred the complaint to the judicial process of the church. The first step in the judicial process was a closed hearing by the Committee on Investigation of the Pacific Northwest Conference.
     Last year the Committee on Investigation of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the church dismissed the charge. The counsel for the church in the matter filed an appeal, claiming that "egregious errors of church law" has been committed by the Committee on Investigation.

Lesbian Pastor's "Good Standing" Decision Now Passed to the Western Jurisdiction Appeal Board Are there any leaders in that jurisdiction to stand for accountability? We'll See!
     Leaders in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference appealed last month's dismissal of charges against the Rev. Karen Dammann on grounds that "egregious errors of church law or administration" were made by an investigating committee deciding the pastor's fate. - September 5, 2002

After a church investigative committee dealt another setback for opponents of Gay and Lesbian clergy last week, the head of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church has intervened to "review" the decision not to prosecute Rev. Karen Dammann, a former Seattle minister who came out as a Lesbian on Valentine’s Day, 2001.
     During her tenure at Woodland Park [UMC] from 1996 to 1999 Dammann began a relationship with her partner, Meredith Savage, and had a son together.[?] The family has lived in western Massachusetts for the past two years.

In another decision that puts the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church at odds with the larger church, an investigative committee of the conference has dismissed a complaint against the Rev. Karen Dammann, a lesbian minister accused of violating church law prohibiting "self-avowed, practicing homosexuals" from being ordained or serving as pastors. That means Dammann, who had served as pastor at Seattle's Woodland Park United Methodist Church, remains a minister in good standing and won't have to face church trial.

UM High Court reverses ruling; saying that homosexual pastors can stay in church appointments at the Bishop's discretion, despite prohibitions forbidding openly gay ordination.

Where is CUMA in all this?  They seem to have shrunk from their calling.

UM Judicial Council Promises To Take Charge Of Disobedient Pro-homosexual Investigation Committee
UM Judicial Council reverses pro-homosexuality Pacific Northwest Annual Conference Investigation Committee's decision to ignore charges against professed homosexually active clergy.
  UM High Court Rules Homosexually Active Lesbian Pastor Remains In Good Standing, Pro-homosexuality Lower Court Must Rule Again and Again Until They Get It Right....Right! - October 28, 2003
  Dammann, a sexually active lesbian, remains in "good standing" as a pastor until the two previous pro-homosexuality committees on investigation, who dismissed charges against her once, rule again. If they rule the same, again, these same committees will have to rule on complaints against themselves for not ruling correctly...Right!!
  If they do not rule correctly on themselves, as they did with Dammann, the Judicial Council will again remand it back to the same committees to rule correctly.
UM Judicial Council Decision No. 980 - November 8, 2003
  The Judicial Council retains jurisdiction over this matter for the purpose of ensuring that its decision is implemented.

  The decision of the Western Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals is reversed, and the action of the Pacific Northwest Committee on Investigation not to certify a bill of charges is set aside. This matter is remanded to the Western Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals with direction to its president that the matter be remanded to the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference Committee on Investigation for a new hearing on the agreed facts. In fairness to all parties, the remand must occur expeditiously. Should members of the Pacific Northwest Committee on Investigation be unwilling to uphold the Discipline for reasons of conscience or otherwise, such members must step aside in this matter and either alternate members or others who are willing to uphold the Discipline must be appointed to the Committee to enable it to complete its responsibility. Likewise, once a bill of charges is certified, persons who state that they cannot in good conscience uphold the Discipline are ineligible to serve on a trial jury. The Judicial Council retains jurisdiction over this matter for the purpose of ensuring that its decision is implemented. The Committee on Investigation shall report its action to the Western Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals within forty-eight hours after reaching a decision. The Western Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals shall transmit the decision to the secretary of the Judicial Council within twenty-four hours of its receipt.

Investigation Committee Member Resigns And Active Lesbian UM Pastor To Go To Trial After Three Years - January 14, 2003
   After being informed of the Judicial Council decision, one member of the Committee stepped aside and was replaced by an alternate member. The newly constituted committee considered the case in December in a closed hearing.

Pro-homosexuality Annual Conference Officials Refuse To Try Open Lesbian Pastor, Again - December 18, 2003
  Des Moines, WA-- For the second time this year, a committee of her clergy peers has declined to send the Rev. Karen Dammann to a church trial, which could eject her from the ordained ministry. At least, not yet. She is pastor of the Ellensburg (WA) United Methodist Church.
  "Today the postponement of decision was about more than me," Ms. Dammann told RMN. While the committee's testimony and discussions are secret, she admitted: "Several on the committee seemed to believe that even the national Judicial Council does not have the authority to direct the verdict which a Conference Committee must make."

Disobedience to Church Order by Bishop Joseph Sprague, Northern Illinois Conference - January 8, 2003
Methodists Charge Chicago Bishop with Heresy - February 2, 2003

Methodist Pastors, Laity Seek Bishop's Removal (Agape Press)  - January 16, 2003

A group of United Methodist clergy and laypeople has filed a complaint against Bishop C. Joseph Sprague of Chicago, calling for his removal based on comments that he made about Christ’s divinity last year.

Twenty-eight people from 11 annual conferences, including six of the 12 annual conferences in the North Central Jurisdiction, have signed the complaint. The Rev. Thomas Lambrecht, group spokesman and pastor of Faith Community United Methodist Church in Greenville, Wis., announced the filing Jan. 7.

The group cites comments made by Sprague in a Jan. 28, 2002, speech at United Methodist-related Iliff School of Theology in Denver and in his recent book, Affirmations of a Dissenter, published by Abingdon Press.

The complaint alleges that Sprague committed two chargeable offenses as defined in Paragraph 2702 of the Book of Discipline:

1) dissemination of doctrines contrary to the established standards of doctrine of the United Methodist Church and

2) disobedience to the order and discipline of the church.

The bishop allegedly violated the order and discipline of the United Methodist Church by using his office "to undermine and overturn the apostolic faith and the theological traditions of the United Methodist Church." The Book of Discipline requires bishops "to teach and uphold the theological traditions of The United Methodist Church."

Concerned Laity of Heretic Bishop's Churches Ask Where's The Recommended Dialogues To Deal With Heresy - September 16, 2003
    The grass roots laity movement NIC (Northern Illinois Conference) VOICE concerned about the dismissal of the complaint of heresy against Chicago Methodist Bishop Joseph Sprague and ongoing doctrinal concerns within the United Methodist Church has reached out to all active bishops requesting a response regarding the implementation of recommendations made by the response team in the dismissal.

Bishop's Heresy Charges Dismissed: Liberal UM and Renewal Groups Leaders Design End To Laity Protest - Closely controlled dialogues planned ad infinitum; grassroots-led debates forbidden - February 19, 2003
   United Methodist Bishop Bruce B. Ough, president of the church’s North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops, has announced that complaints filed against Bishop C. Joseph Sprague of Chicago have been dismissed.
   A four-person supervisory response team met in January and February to review the complaints and respond to them.

UM Minister Says Bishop Sprague Will Never Face Trial - February 3, 2003
     A United Methodist minister predicts UM Bishop Joseph Sprague will never go to trial on charges that he violated the teachings of the church. Donald E. Wildmon, an ordained UM minister, says that the charges against Sprague will be dismissed due to a lack of evidence.

Disobedience to Church Order by Bishop Joseph Sprague, Northern Illinois Conference - August 19, 2002
The Board of Directors of Good News, an evangelical renewal ministry within the United Methodist Church, took action at its semi-annual meeting here August 7-9 calling upon the Council of Bishops:
  1. to restore accountability in the church’s Western Jurisdiction, which is refusing to abide by church law in dealing with clergy who are self-avowed, practicing homosexuals
  2. to investigate recent teaching by Bishop Joe Sprague (Northern Illinois) to determine whether his denials of major doctrinal tenets go beyond the boundaries of classic Christian doctrine; and
  3. to investigate the action of the Alaska Missionary Conference and its cabinet in dissolving St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, an evangelical congregation in Fairbanks, Alaska.

 "If words could get things done, we'd have nothing to do." -- Editor

Good News Calls for Investigation of UM Bishop Sprague's "Denials of Major Doctrinal Tenets," such as Jesus’ Deity, Virgin Birth, Blood Atonement, and Resurrection - August 19, 2002 other clergy file charges
Disobedience to Church Order by Bishop Joseph Sprague, Northern Illinois Conference - July 7, 2000
  • interfering with and disrupting the proceedings of the recent General Conference
  • dissemination of doctrines contrary to the established standards of doctrine of the church
  • using church funds and resources of his office for the promotion of homosexuality
  • failure to perform the work of the ministry
Good News Calls for Investigation of UM Bishop Sprague's "Denials of Major Doctrinal Tenets," such as Jesus’ Deity, Virgin Birth, Blood Atonement, and Resurrection - August 19, 2002

New Charges Filed Against Bishop Sprague: "United Methodist Layman Files Church Judicial Charges Against Northern Illinois Bishop, Calls For Removal"

Charges were not given considerations because of "violations of Confidentiality " Complainant protests ruling as contrary to church law.

Charges Dismissed

Unfaithful UM Bishop Gives Tacit Approval for Pastor's Wife To Conducts Same-Sex Ceremony To Circumvent Church Law - July 24, 2002
Associated Press reports the church pastor, Jay Vetter, preceded that ceremony with what he describes as a "lamentation" service, during which he lamented that his own denomination would not allow him to conduct a service "celebrating" the homosexual union of the two men. Vetter's wife, Maureen -- who is not an ordained minister -- then performed the ceremony, wearing her husband's stole. The UMC's Nebraska Conference says it will not bring charges against Pastor Vetter because he let his wife perform the ceremony in his place. And a delegate to the denomination's General Conference says it does not appear that Vetter violated church discipline.  The bishop gives tacit approval by not acting in this matter. Bishop Rhymes Moncure (Nebraska Conference) was traveling in Africa last week and was unavailable for comment. In previous interviews, the bishop said he would not take disciplinary action against Mr. Vetter because the pastor did not conduct the same-sex union and the ceremony was held at a non-UM church, said Cheryl Edwards, the conference's communications director. - August 5, 2002none so far
New Complaints Bring New Calls For UM High Court Rulings By Bishop To Prolong His Illegal Homosexual Appointments - July 8, 2002 see (Rev. Mark Edward Williams)
Some members of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference have asked Bishop Elias Galvan to rule whether a self-acknowledged gay Seattle pastor violated a covenant trust when he refused to answer questions about his sexual behavior during a disciplinary hearing. UM Bishop Refuses To Deal With Practicing Homosexual Pastor - July 19, 2002

A conference spokesman said Bishop Galvan will rule within 30 days. His ruling does not become final until reviewed by the Judicial Council, the denomination's high court. The council next meets Oct. 23-26 at a site to be determined. Meetings of the Judicial Council are closed unless the council grants public access, which typically occurs during oral arguments.

none so far
Complaint Filed Against Sex Changed UM Minister
A United Methodist preacher, who went on voluntary leave in 1999 to undergo an operation to become a woman, is set to become the country's first transsexual pastor assigned to a mainline church. An assembly of Washington D.C.-area United Methodist clergy last night voted to accept Rebecca Steen's status as a minister "in good standing," Mr.-Ms. Steen was formerly Richard Zomastny. Bishop Puts Sex Changed Minister On Leave Until Later In Month - June 13, 2002

Methodists Deny Transgender's Request to Return as Pastor - June 13, 2002

Complaint Filed Against Sex Changed UM Minister - June 11, 2002
     A complaint has been filed against a Maryland minister who had a sex-change operation during a leave of absence from church duties, possibly affecting her availability for pastoral appointment.
     Bishop May, decided to put Steen on an involuntary leave of absence while his-her case is being reviewed.

Transgender clergy surrenders ministerial credentials (UMNS) - July 2, 2002
Church Law Forbids Ignoring Church Law—Ruling Requested In Active Homosexual Appointments - June 18, 2002
One of the qualifications for ordination (Para. #304.1.i) is to be "accountable to The United Methodist Church, accept its Doctrinal Standards and Discipline and authority, accept the supervision of those appointed to this ministry, and be prepared to live in covenant of its ordained ministries." (See also Para. 311 and Para. 324.1) In light of this, the Bishop is asked for a ruling of law as to whether or not Mark Edward Williams can refuse to answer questions that are intended to review his eligibility for certification as an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, since his prior statements brought forth a complaint that mandated a review of his ministerial office of trust. His refusal to answer specific questions is a denial and/or rejection of supervision and the covenant trust of an ordained minister. Church Law Forbids Ignoring Church Law—Ruling Requested In Active Homosexual Appointments - June 18, 2002 none so far
Rev. Mark Edward Williams: Confessed Homosexual Pastor's "Loop Hole" Church Appointment Challenged With New Complaint - December 19, 2001
Rev. Mark Edward Williams, a United Methodist minister has announced he is gay. Williams made his announcement at the denomination's annual conference in June 2001, he has continued to serve at the Woodland Park United Methodist Church in Seattle, although under supervision. Bishop Elias Galvan initiated the complaint and an investigation after a ruling in October 2001 from the denomination's highest judicial body, the Judicial Council.- December 19, 2001

Homosexual Pastors Remain in UMC Pulpits, While Pacific Northwest Pro-homosexual Leadership "Goes Through the Motions" of Disciplinary Actions - December 18, 2001

High Court Rules Ban On Practicing Homosexual Clergy Stands, But Leaves Loop Hole For Un-faithful Pro-homosexuality AC's To Rule Such Clergy Fit - October 29, 2001

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual, and anti-Church UM's Rejoice Over Rulings That Allow Homosexually Active Clergy Despite Church Law Ban - June 4, 2002

Openly Gay Pastor "Not Guilty" Because Pro-homosexuality Committee Drops Charges, Continues In Pulpit - June 1, 2002

"This gives tremendous encouragement to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals in the ministry who realize that if they won't testify against themselves, it will be very hard to make charges against them stick."

UM High Court [Re-] Ruling To Allow Pro-homosexuality Bishops To Ignore Church Law Prohibition Of  Homosexually Active Clergy - May 2, 2002

UM High Court reverses ruling; saying that homosexual pastors can stay in church appointments at the Bishop's discretion, despite prohibitions forbidding openly gay ordination.

Where is CUMA in all this?  They seem to have shrunk from their calling.

Accountability Coalition Files Complaint Against UM Church and Society Mag For Promoting Homosexuality
The overall goal of the November/December issue of Christian Social Action, the bi-monthly magazine of the General Board of Church and Society, is to advocate for the acceptance of homosexual behavior. This would seem to be a violation of the Disciplinary prohibition against church funding "to promote the acceptance of homosexuality." - November 28, 2000 Complaints Filed By Accountability Coalition

Pro-Homosexuality UM Agency Promoting Reprints Of Their Magazine Endorsing Homosexuality - April 9, 2001

UM Finance Agency Declines To Act Against Pro-Homosexuality UM Magazine (UMAction) - March 13, 2001

Church Agency Mag Promoting Homosexuality Not Guilty Of Promoting Homosexuality - March 10, 2001

Accountability Coalition Charges Against Pro-homosexuality UM Publication Dismissed By Bishop - March 10, 2001

Bishop Decides In Favor Of Pro-homosexuality Agency - March 10, 2001

Pastor Dan Sailer Charged With Criminal Perjury In Gay Lover's Assault Case, Both Suspects In Arson - 1997
  • perjury
Another Complaint Filed Against Homosexual Pastor By Perjury Victim August 28, 200

Complaints Filed by Katie Frazer who was assaulted by Rev. Sailers homosexual partner.

Pastor Acquitted Because He Did Not "Intend" To Perjure To Protect Gay Partner From Conviction In Assault Of Older UM Women  - 3/23/2001

UM Credibility Takes Big Hit By Refusing To Discipline Gay Pastor For False Witness In Case Involving His Same-sex Spouse's Assault Of Older Woman - February 27, 2001

Church won't discipline pastor (Seattle Times) February 18, 2001

Convicted Homosexual Pastor Not Guilty Of Any Church Offense In Perjury Involving Gay Partner's Assault On A UM Women - February 16, 2001

  • perjury
  • engaging in homosexual conduct
  • immorality
  • failure to perform the work of the ministry
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual misconduct
Complaints Filed by Katie Frazer whose home was subsequently destroyed by arson.

A bizarre case of perjury and deception confronts United Methodism in the Pacific Northwest (GoodNews) - October 19, 2000

Homosexually Active Pastor Faces Criminal Perjury Charges And Church Complaints, Arson Suspected - July 9, 2000

UM Credibility Takes Big Hit By Refusing To Discipline Gay Pastor For False Witness In Case Involving His Same-sex Spouse's Assault Of Older Woman - February 27, 2001

Convicted Homosexual Pastor Not Guilty Of Any Church Offense In Perjury Involving Gay Partner's Assault On A UM Women - February 16, 2001

Homosexual Pastor Restored To Pulpit After Conviction of Perjury In Case Involving His Homosexual Partner - August 10, 2000

The Reverend Mark Roland Kemling and at Least Two Other Ministers in the Nebraska Conference Have Agreed to Perform Union Service of Two Gay Men - June 3, 2000
More Homosexual Disobedience Announced For "June  Wedding" In Nebraska Of Two Gay Men - May 12, 2000 Complaints Filed Against  Nebraska Clergy According To Bishop

Disobedient Pastor And Counsel Celebrate UM's Lack Of Accountability For Homosexual Unions - March 10, 2001

Charges Dismissed For Publicized Same-Sex Union Because Disobedient UM Pastor And Witnesses Did Not Show Up At Hearing! - March 1, 2001

Methodists Headed Toward 3rd Same-Sex Covenant Trial - October 25, 2000

  The trial could come as early as next month, Bishop Rhymes Moncure Jr. of Lincoln said Tuesday.
  Although the Nebraska conference's Committee on Investigation hasn't made a final ruling as to whether a trial is warranted, Moncure said, "at this point, it's headed down that path."

Michael Hinton files Complaint Against Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, Jan Edwards and Max Whitfield For Violating Appointment Procedure and Failure To Resolve Issues Of Alleged Pedophile Boy Scout Leader In Local Church
Violation of the following paragraphs in the Book of Discipline:
  • Paragraphs 432.2, 432.2e and 433.5a, the Bishop is required to be pastorally sensitive and conscientious toward the Pastor's family, consulting with and considering the needs of the Pastor's family in making appointments.
  • Paragraphs 430, 431 and 432 of the Book of Discipline stipulate both the process and criteria for making appointments in our Church.
  • Paragraph 66 (C), says, "In particular, children must be protected from economic, physical, and sexual exploitation and abuse." Bishop Huie failed to lend me the authority and support of her office through the Superintendent in order to address and resolve the controversy surrounding the activity of a pedophile in the Amboy church.
Rev Hinton Files Complaints Against Bishop And DS
DS Files Administrative Complaint Against Michael Hinton For Refusing To Accept Appointment In Pedophile Boy Scout Leader Report
Rev Hinton did not show up for the appointment to Pea Ridge On August 8 Hinton will appear before the Board of Ordained Ministry at First United Methodist Church in North Little Rock to answer a complaint of disobedience to the order and discipline of the Church. The charge was filed by Max Whitfield, episcopal candidate and Fayetteville District Superintendent.  Bishop Huie referred it as an administrative matter.

January 27, 2001 - The Board of Ordained Ministry, saying they did not want to break ministerial covenant with me, nevertheless is recommending that I be placed on Administrative Location, subject to vote of the Annual Conference.

UMC Bishop Supports New England Lesbian Pastor In CUMA Assisted Complaints - January 16, 2001

CLINTON — A new complaint has been filed against the United Methodist minister who admitted performing a same-sex union ceremony 14 months ago.

Terry E. Stubenrod of Benton has accused the Rev. Susan Davenport, pastor of Brown Memorial United Methodist Church, of being in a lesbian relationship. Stubenrod claims Davenport is living in the church parsonage with her lesbian partner. Stubenrod, a member of the church, also filed the previous complaint with the bishop of New England....continued Bangor Daily News 

Stubenrod said she will meet Tuesday with Svenson and Bishop Susan Wolfe Hassinger at the Lawrence, Mass., headquarters of the New England Conference of the UMC to discuss her most recent complaint against Davenport.   None so far

Published Witchcraft Practice of "Croning" In UM Publication By UM Ministers Nancy Webb and Mary Kraus Leads To Complaints–Possible Cover-up Leads To Complainants "Going Public"

  • paragraph 2624.1.b, for engaging in practices declared by the United Methodist Church to be incompatible with Christian teachings,
  • paragraph 2624.1.f, for disseminating doctrines contrary to the established standards of doctrine of the Church, and
  • paragraph 2624.1.g, for engaging in relationships and/or behavior that undermines the ministry of another pastor.
In December of 1998,  lay leader, Elaine Wood and pastor, Rev. Karen Booth filed charges against Nancy Webb and Mary Kraus for practicing witchcraft.

     Bishop May Dismisses Charges Against Bishop And Clergy For Practicing And Publishing Witchcraft Ceremonies because the complainants made their case public after an alleged  three year cover-up.

Bishop May said that the complainants did not presented enough of a case for him to move the complaint on either to trial or to the Baltimore-Washington Board of Ordained Ministry.
     The decision is not in writing.
     All participants in the Supervisory meetings were put under a "gag order" (Discipline paragraph 358.b).

Complaints Filed Against Bishop Mary Ann Swenson
  • Bishop Swenson refuses To Discipline Rev. Toni Cook, pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Denver for performing same-sex marriages

  • Swenson "supported" a lecture by a controversial theologian, Marcus Borg, at United Methodist-related Iliff School of Theology who teaches doctrines contrary to the United Methodist Church
Layman files complaint against Denver bishop - August 28, 1999 Complaints dismissed by Bishop Dew because Church law does not apply to Bishops who refuse to discipline disobedient pastors.
Rev. Toni Cook, pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Denver for performing same-sex marriages
Performing same-sex wedding type ceremonies Bishop refuses to discipline disobedient pastor

No Charges Filed

  • Bishop Swenson, however, said she believed the charges were based on Mr. Brown's personal animosity toward her, saying she has felt Mr. Brown's "rage against me" for a number of years and that the filing of charges was simply another effort to get her to resign.

  • The bishop also said she is "not aware of actualities or specifics" of Ms. Cook's ministry at St. Paul's but "there's been no criticism of her work by the superintendent or her congregation."
Mass Lesbian Wedding Acquittal (Sacramento 68) Complaint Filed Against Melvin Talbert - Feb 11, 2000
California-Nevada Bishop Claims Annual Conference Above Church Law–Admits Breaking Covenant With Denomination - February 11, 2000 Conservative Coalition Brings Charges Against Disobedient Cal/Nev Bishop - April 20, 2000 August 3. 2000
Disobedient Bishop "Not Guilty" For Allowing Same Sex Ceremonies, Charges Dismissed

Complaints against Bishop Talbert dismissed (UMNS)

Crescent Heights United Methodist Church in West Hollywood Gay Union And Lay Administered Communion - May 7, 2000
Pro-homosexuality Layman Pushes The Envelop Of Disobedience By Administering Pagan Rituals, Gay Wedding, And Unholy Communion In UM Church - May 15, 2000 None so far None so far
The Rev. Susan Davenport performs a same-sex union ceremoney of two men in November 1999
The Rev. Susan Davenport performs a same-sex union ceremoney of two men  in November 1999 Formal Complaints Filed by Terry E. Stubenrod, a member of the Brown congregation filed the complaint against Davenport April 16, 2000 Complaints Dropped by Bishop  Susan Wolfe Hassinger After Apology and will return to the Church In September 2000

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