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Self-avowed, Practicing Lesbian To Remain UM Pastor In Good Standing?

Excepts From Seattle Times July 26, 2002:

Rev. Karen Dammann (right)
and her lesbian lover (left)

The Seattle Times Local News Gay pastor won't face Methodist church


  • 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 , 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.
  • Dammann's case comes on the heels of another high-profile case involving the Rev. Mark Williams, Dammann's successor at Woodland Park and the denomination's only openly gay minister serving a congregation. In May, the conference dismissed a complaint that Williams had violated church law, saying it had insufficient evidence to prove that Williams was sexually active with someone of the same gender.
  • The United Methodist Church, the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination, says it commits to the ministry of all people, but church doctrine also says homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching."

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