Sexuality

General Church
The Rev. Heecheon Jeon, superintendent of the Central District of the Iowa Conference. Photo courtesy of the Iowa Conference.

Clergyman apologizes for filing complaint

The Rev. Heecheon Jeon has apologized for filing a complaint against the Rev. Anna Blaedel after she stated during an annual conference session that she was a “self-avowed practicing homosexual.”
General Church
The Rev. Jane Graner wipes away tears after her June 3 ordination as an elder in the North Texas Conference. Graner, 57, is openly gay. Church law prohibits ordination of “self-avowed practicing” homosexuals, but conference officials noted her single status and said she qualified for ordination. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

North Texas Conference ordains openly gay pastor

The Rev. Jane Graner, 57, and a lesbian but not ‘practicing,’ achieves dream she’s had since high school.
Theology and Education
Lindsay Crossman Chapel on Seminary Street at Baldwin Wallace college.  Photo courtesy of Baldwin Wallace University.

Ohio college severs formal ties with denomination

Baldwin Wallace University names GC2019 actions and its own commitment to LGBTQ inclusion as reasons for disaffiliation.
General Conference
Members of the 2016-2020 Judicial Council. (From left) Front row: Deanell Reece Tacha, N. Oswald Tweh Sr., the Rev. Luan-Vu Tran. Back row: Lydia Romão Gulele, Ruben T. Reyes, the Rev. Øyvind Helliesen, the Rev. Dennis Blackwell, and the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko. (Not pictured, Beth Capen)  Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Court OKs part of Traditional Plan, exit plan

However, United Methodist Judicial Council rules that some key parts of denomination-wide plan are still unconstitutional.

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