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Appeals Panel Re-Frocks Defrocked Confessed Practicing Lesbian UM Pastor!

Bulletin: Appeals committee reverses Stroud verdict

An appeals committee has reversed a clergy court verdict in the case of Irene Elizabeth "Beth" Stroud. The Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals announced its decision at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time today, after hearing Stroudıs appeal April 28. Stroud lost her credentials as a United Methodist minister on Dec. 2 after a clergy trial, which stemmed from her acknowledgment that she is a practicing lesbian. The United Methodist Churchıs Book of Discipline forbids the ordination and appointment of "self-avowed practicing homosexuals." More information on the appeals committeeıs decision will follow this morning.

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