December 27, 2004

Methodist Minister Appealing Defrocking

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 11:12 am

Elizabeth Stroud, the Methodist minister that went public with her lesbian relationship with her partner, is appealing the church court decision removing her from the ministry. The MSNBC story shed an interesting light on the ambivalence of the judge in the church trial:

[R]etired Bishop Joseph Yeakel, the judge who presided at her church trial…told Stroud “the day will come when the church apologizes for this decision.”

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At the trial, Yeakel barred testimony from six Stroud witnesses who oppose the Methodist ban [on actively gay clergy], citing both legal and theological arguments.

I believe that Bishop Yeakel is representative of many in the church today – believing that things will be very different in twenty or thirty years, but for now, feeling constrained by the historical stands of the church.

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