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Methodists Vote to Keep Transgender Pastor

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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. ...Tuesday's ruling concluded that "a clergyperson's good standing cannot be terminated without administrative or judicial action having occurred and all fair process being accorded." The Methodists' Book of Discipline bars noncelibate gays and lesbians from serving as clergy but does not include any commentary about transgender people. In addition, Tuesday's decision by the nine-member council, made up of laypeople and clergy, did not specifically address "whether gender change is a chargeable offense or violates minimum standards" of United Methodism. http://tinyurl.com/ytyu75