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Mixed reaction to requested complaint against bishop

The Council of Bishops’ call for a complaint to be filed against one of its own is prompting mixed reactions from United Methodists across the theological spectrum — including from the bishops themselves.

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Details of penalty for Rev. Amy DeLong

Click image to enlarge and for caption info. After more than six hours of deliberations, a jury of 13 United Methodist clergy voted 9-4 to suspend the Rev. Amy DeLong for 20 days beginning July 1. The …

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Statement from Bishop Linda Lee of the Wisconsin Conference

“The trial was truly a heart-wrenching and painful process. Yet, we have hope because of our common faith in Jesus Christ, and trust that some growth and good can come from this. I believe it was handled with as much integrity as possible. And I appreciated the mutual regard for each other expressed by the …

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6 p.m. EDT June 23: Jury votes to suspend Wisconsin pastor

A jury of 13 United Methodist clergy in the church trial of the Rev. Amy DeLong voted 9-4 to suspend the pastor for a period of 20 days, beginning in July. The jury convicted DeLong on a charge of performing a same-sex union in violation of church law. Details were to be announced soon after …

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1: 30 p.m. EST, June 23: Penalty closing arguments

The United Methodist Church’s counsel asked the jury to suspend the Rev. Amy DeLong indefinitely until she agrees in writing not to perform same-sex unions or the denomination’s law on such unions is changed. “Contrary to the statements of some of those who testified yesterday afternoon, this is not some insignificant violation of the terms …

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11:35 a.m., June 23: DeLong testifies in penalty phase

The Rev. Amy DeLong testified that she would not abide by The United Methodist Church’s ban against clergy officiating at same-sex unions. “I can’t imagine doing that,” she said in testimony Wednesday afternoon, during the penalty phase of the trial. A jury, or trial court, of 13 Wisconsin ordained elders unanimously found DeLong guilty of …

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6 p.m. EST, June 22: Penalty deliberations begin

After a decision that found the Rev. Amy DeLong guilty of one charge and not guilty of another, the church trial court began to hear presentations related to the possible penalties. Counsels for the church and for DeLong are expected to make final arguments in the morning. The jury will then begin deliberating. More information will …

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4:30 p.m EDT June 22: Verdict in

To the gasps of some in the courtroom, a jury of 13 Wisconsin ordained elders found the Rev. Amy DeLong not guilty of being a “self-avowed practicing homosexual” by a vote of 12 to 1. However, the same jury unanimously found the Rev. DeLong guilty of performing a same-sex union in violation of church law. …

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3 p.m., June 22: Closing arguments, jury deliberates

Finding the Rev. Amy DeLong not guilty of violating The Book of Discipline has the potential to “open the church to chaos and eventual schism or disintegation,” said the church’s counsel in his closing arguments. Click image …

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2 p.m. EDT June 22: DeLong testifies

The Rev. Amy DeLong faced numerous questions on the stand Wednesday morning about the nature of her relationship with her partner of 16 years, Val Zellmer. Click image to enlarge and see caption info. The Wisconsin elder …

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