Bishop Scott Jones announces details for Cynthia Meyer trial

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Bishop Scott J. Jones of the Great Plains Conference announced this week that a location has been selected for the church trial for the Rev. Cynthia Meyer.

The church trial, scheduled to begin Aug. 24, will be conducted at the Brown Grand Theatre, 310 W. Sixth St. in Concordia, Kansas. Meyer stated in a letter to her district superintendent earlier this year that she was in a committed homosexual relationship.

Meyer stated in a letter to her district superintendent earlier this year that she was in a committed homosexual relationship. The conference’s Committee on Investigation, which serves the role of a grand jury, decided in June that there was enough evidence to move the proceedings to a church trial. Under the Book of Discipline, the denomination’s book of law and procedure, The United Methodist Church does not allow self-avowed, practicing homosexuals to serve as ordained clergy. The case could be resolved with what is defined in the Discipline as a “just resolution” at any point prior to the trial. Counsel for Rev. Meyer and for the Church are scheduled to meet in an agreed-upon mediation in early August.

“We are all aware that conversations about a just resolution agreement are continuing,” Bishop Jones said in a letter to the interested parties. “If such an agreement is reached, the complaint will be resolved and all trial preparations will be canceled. We all agree that a church trial is ‘to be regarded as an expedient of last resort.’ However, it is also the respondent’s right to have one. Thus, these preparations will continue in case no just resolution agreement is reached.”

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Paul McKelvey
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There seems to be a repetitive paragraph ending in “be”

Jay Voorhees, Former Executive Editor
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Thanks Paul. We’ve been having some issues with this happening in our publishing process. I think we have it fixed now.

Daniel Wagle
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I saw Cynthia speak at the North Georgia Annual Conference Reconciling lunch. Perhaps if she gets defrocked, she could get refrocked out west. I do wish her the best and I pray someday our discriminatory policies against Gays will be removed completely from the Book of Discipline.

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Eric Pone

Why can’t the accusers pay for this? Why do members who don’t agree have to pay. A member is not ordained and is not tied to supporting the BOD in any way. Now I think the pastor outing herself is a stupid idea that just stokes flames, but if she is willing to put her job at risk for principle, (and a good pastor should for what is right) then more power to her. I just don’t see how God is on either side here or frankly in the room.

jimmie shelby
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jimmie shelby

Why must congregations pay for ANYTHING with which they disagree? This is done most of the time in the umc connectional system.

John
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John

Congregations (and, by extension, individual members) pay for things with which they disagree precisely because we ARE a connectional church. When you’re in a local church with a congregational polity, you can do and proclaim what you want as a congregation and you’ve got no impact on any other congregation’s teachings. Not so when you’re connected to other local churches.

jimmie shelby
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jimmie shelby

Yes, that is what I said. Agreeing with it is another matter. The constant barrage of pros and cons only continue to destroy the church Father/Son/Holy Spirit caused John Wesley to found. I expect Wesley would not even begin to recognize “his” church as it is today–as he recognized his Church when it was founded

John
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John

True, members are not ordained. But lay folks certainly can be charged under the BoD with promoting teachings contrary to our doctrinal standards just as much as clergy can be charged. Very rarely, if ever, done… but the possibility is there. Originally for the protection of folks from a rogue Sunday School teacher pushing Five-Point Calvinism, it also can be used to discourage the dissemination of other non-Christian belief systems such as pantheism, humanism, unitarianism, etc. Personally, I would never receive anyone (apart from someone with cognitive impairment) into membership who could not articulate basic Christian teachings through a Wesleyan… Read more »

jimmie shelby
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jimmie shelby

For years the Methodist publishing house/Cokesbury published Sunday school material that pushed a very liberal/progressive/social gospel message. The Good News was largely/mostly ignored–it was really important for a kid to learn how to cross the street as opposed to learning about a Crucified and Risen Savior. James C. Cook became our Sunday school literature supplier.

What does the umc push now?

Scott
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Scott

I’m glad to say that at the UMC I grew up in 40 years ago we used the David C. Cook Sunday School series and eschewed the official Methodist junk put out by Cokesbury. As a result, I feel like I gained a very good, Biblical education from a small Methodist church of less than 100 members.

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