"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Friday, April 29, 2005
A lesbian Methodist minister defrocked last year for openly admitting to living with another woman has won her appeal against the church's decision, the United Methodist Church said on Friday.
A statement on the church's Web site said a committee hearing the appeal by Elizabeth Stroud in Baltimore reversed the ecclesiastical court's December decision that stripped her of her credentials as a minister at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, Philadelphia.
She was allowed to have a lesser role in the church but could not perform ceremonies such as baptisms and weddings.
"An appeals committee has reversed a clergy court verdict in the case of Irene Elizabeth Stroud," the statement said.
It gave no immediate reason for the decision. Statements from the church and from Stroud were expected to follow.
I wonder what that famous Methodist who hails from Crawford, Texas (and, during those rare occasions when he's not on vacation, Washington, D.C.) thinks about this? Also - and I don't mean to make light of a serious situation, but after all, that's what I do - isn't the word "defrocked" kind of strangely sexy?