|The Rev. Cynthia Meyer moved a step closer to a church trial after she and Bishop Scott Jones failed to agree on a just resolution to the complaint that she is a “self-avowed, practicing” homosexual.
One option the Great Plains Conference bishop offered Meyer was that Edgerton (KS) United Methodist Church, where she is now pastor, could withdraw from the denomination and retain Meyer as pastor in a new denomination.
Meyer rejected that choice.
“I thought that was a surprising and disappointing request. That he would want those who disagree with the formal position of the church to simply leave the denomination was troubling,” Meyers told United Methodist News Service.
“Certainly, on that point I knew this was not anything I would willingly accept or sign. It does not seem to me to be just.”
Rev. Meyer – a pastor in The UMC for 25 years – also rejected a proposal to delay the proceedings until after the 2016 General Conference votes on human sexuality petitions during the May 10-20 international conference in Portland, Oregon.
More than 800 delegates from across the country and around the world will meet in Portland, Ore. from May 10-20 to consider more than 70 proposals on whether to confirm or rewrite the denomination’s biblical understanding of human sexuality.
From United Methodist News Service reports http://www.umc.org/