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UM Pleads Reconsideration of Rejected Complaints against Oklahoma Rebel Pastors


Reverend Paul Bowles
4815 S. Havard, Suite 260
Tulsa, OK 74135

Reverend Grayson Lucky
2324 W. Seventh Ave.
Stillwater, OK 74074

Reverends Bowles & Lucky:

Re: Reverend Susan Ross and Rev. Leslie Penrose

It is obvious we disagree in your comment "we can only interpret their signatures as expressions of personal opinion". I believe that you err in this conclusion. In this case the aforementioned clergy (Ross & Penrose) did in fact violate the stated position of the Social Principles regarding same sex unions as defined by the Social Principles, which as you know, have been declared, in this instance, as having the force of law, by the Judicial Council. By engaging in a defiant challenge to the stated position of The United Methocist Church they have more than indicated their willingness and ability to violate the covenant entered into at the time of their ordination. This breaking of covenant was evidenced by the following method:

1. Attaching or causing to be attached their names and professional titles to a document containing a list of individuals engaged in a behavior prohibited by a ruling of the Judicial Council.

In addition to my previous complaints, which still stand, I am now filing these additional complaints against Rev. Ross and Rev. Penrose:

Reverend Ross:

Allegation:

1. BOD Paragraph 2624f:

"dissenination of doctrines contrary to the established standard of doctrine of the Church"

Rev. Ross did, on or about January 16th, 1999 attach or caused to be attached, her name and professional title to a document in support of same sex unions. this is in violation of Paragraph 3043, quoted in part, "since the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching......." and Paragraph 65g "........Although we do not condone the practice of homosexuality and consider this practice incompatible with Christian teaching.........". this action expressed, disseminated and otherwise revealed to the church that her doctrines were contrary to the currently stated doctrine as contained in the Book Of Discipline and Social Principles.

2. BOD Paragraph 2624g:

"Relationships or behavior that undermines the ministry of another pastor"

Rev. Ross did, on or about January 16th, 1999 attach or cause to be attached her name and professional title to a document that encourages breaking the ordination covenant as defined by Paragraph 2624b. By her behavior she undermined and rendered for naught the teaching of fellow United Methodist pastors seeking to be faithful to the discipline of The United Methodist Church and their ordination covenant.

Reverend Penrose:

Allegation:

1. BOD Paragraph 2624f:

"dissenination of doctrines contrary to the established standard of doctrine of the Church"

Rev. Penrose did, on or about January 16th, 1999 attach or caused to be attached, her name and professional title to a document in support of same sex unions. this is in violation of Paragraph 3043, quoted in part, "since the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching......." and Paragraph 65g "........Although we do not condone the practice of homosexuality and consider this practice incompatible with Christian teaching.........". this action expressed, diseminated and otherwise revealed to the church that her doctrines were contrary to the currently stated doctrine as contained in the Book Of Discipline and Social Principles.

2. BOD Paragraph 2624g:

"Relationships or behavior that undermines the ministry of another pastor"

Rev. Penrose did, on or about January 16th, 1999 attach or cause to be attached her name and professional title to a document that encourages breaking the ordination covenant as defined by Paragraph 2624b. By her behavior she undermined and rendered for naught the teaching of fellow United Methodist pastors seeking to be faithful to the discipline of The United Methodist Church and their ordination covenant.

These two clergy have defiantly and unrepentantly violated their vows of ordination. I am insisting that they be disciplined appropriately. If you as the district superintendants are unable or unwilling to discipline these two clergy persons then I have no other recourse than to demand a church trial before a jury as defined by the BOD.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jake Barker
Rt. 4 Box 951A
Eufaula, OK 74432

cc: Bishop Bruce Blake

Rev. Paul Bowles

Rev. Grayson Lucky


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