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."