Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Lesbian Clergy Candidate Is Rejected by the UMC; United Methodist Policy Bans Ordaining Lesbians

A lesbian clergy candidate in the United Methodist Church (UMC) has been rejected for possible ordination by the denomination, the Christian Post website reports today (May 14, 2014).

After a long and uncertain process, Mary Ann Barclay released a statement yesterday confirming that the Board of Ordained Ministry rejected her candidacy.

"Today is painful but it is not the end. I still dare hope," wrote Barclay, who was initially rejected by the Board without an interview due to her sexual orientation.

According to the UMC Book of Discipline, "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" are banned from "being certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church."

1 comment:

  1. The Methodists are trying to hold the line, but remember that gay and lesbian activists never give up. They believe that the Church should conform to them rather than they conform to the Church.