Wednesday, October 31, 2007

UMC pastor to keep his job

The Baltimore Sun reports that United Methodist pastor Drew Phoenix can keep his position as pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church.

The highest judicial body of the United Methodist Church announced Tuesday that a transgender man can remain pastor of a congregation in Charles Village.

The ruling by the Judicial Council affirms last spring's decision by Bishop John R. Schol to reappoint the Rev. Drew Phoenix -- formerly the Rev. Ann Gordon -- to St. John's United Methodist Church.

Schol's action had been appealed to the Judicial Council by several local clergy in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, who have raised questions about the proper role of transgender people within the church.

Phoenix, who learned of the decision early Tuesday morning, said he was elated.

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