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UM Bishop Praises New She-Male Pastor - Local Clergy Protest

Legal ruling sought on church post Methodists seek to address issue of transgender clergy
By Liz F. Kay
Sun reporter
Originally published May 26, 2007  

<<snip>>Local United Methodist clergy are asking for a judicial opinion from the denomination's highest legal authority on Bishop John R. Schol's decision to reappoint a transgender pastor to a Charles Village congregation.

"I think this is an issue we have to talk about as a church, and we have to decide what we think," said the Rev. Kevin M. Baker, senior pastor of Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church in Olney.

The bishop announced his decision to continue the appointment of the Rev. Drew Phoenix, pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church in Charles Village on Thursday at the annual meeting of the Baltimore- Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. Clergy appointments are routinely renewed at the annual conference.<<snip>>


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