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Southwest Texas Annual Conference

The fall Judicial Council rulings show some concerns for United Methodist governance, especially in terms of bishops' accountability and the vulnerability of local pastors, writes the Rev. Jerry Eckert of Associates in Advocacy. Read more

Finance and Administration

Mary Ann Kaiser

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After earning, via Judicial Council ruling, the right to be interviewed by the Rio Texas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, Mary Ann Barclay was turned down May 13 for ordination as a deacon. This is her response. Read more

Advocating Justice

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The United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination's "high court," says that the General Council on Finance and Administration has the authority to grant employment benefits to same-sex couples who were married where such unions are legal. Read more

Finance and Administration 3 Comments

The Rev. Jen Stuart finds that her personal integrity compels her to leave the Southwest Texas Annual Conference to seek full ordination and conference membership. Read more

Perspectives 10 Comments

Mary Ann Kaiser

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In a high-profile decision, the United Methodist Judicial Council has ruled that San Antonio Bishop Jim Dorff must rule on the merits of the process through which lesbian candidate Mary Ann Kaiser was denied ordination as a deacon. Read more

In the Church

Mary Ann Kaiser

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Nearly 40 percent of those who responded to United Methodist Insight's survey say they think the Southwest Texas Conference should have defied the Book of Discipline and approved Mary Ann Kaiser's deacon candidacy. Read more

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Mary Ann Kaiser

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Southwest Texas Annual Conference surveys the aftermath of blocking Mary Ann Kaiser's deacon candidacy and awaits Bishop Jim Dorff's ruling. Read more

In the Church

Supporters of full inclusion for LGBT people in The United Methodist Church blasted the Southwest Texas Annual Conference June 7 on Twitter for revoking the certification of a deacon candidate who identifies as a lesbian. Read more

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