Kansas Pastor Likely to Face Church Trial

Rev. Cynthia Meyer

Rev. Cynthia Meyer

By Walter Fenton –

A Great Plains Annual Conference pastor, who earlier this year announced she is living in a partnered relationship with another woman, is likely to face a church trial after she and Bishop Scott Jones failed to reach a just resolution in her case.

The Rev. Cynthia Meyer came out to her congregation in Edgerton, Kansas, on Sunday, January 3, during her sermon on Epiphany. She was appointed to serve the local church just six months previous, but had not divulged her relationship to the congregation, her district superintendent, or to Bishop Jones.

According to the UM News Service, Bishop Jones made two proposals in a bid to resolve the case short of a trial or to at least delay one.

He proposed that if the Edgerton congregation disagrees with the UM Church’s teachings on same-sex marriage and the ordination of openly gay clergy, it could withdraw from the denomination and retain Meyer as its pastor.

Meyer rejected that solution, as well as Jones’ offer to delay the case until after the 2016 General Conference that will convene on May 10 in Portland, Oregon. Delegates to the conference will once again consider petitions calling on the church to allow for the ordination and service of openly gay clergy.

Jones has appointed the Rev. David Bell to serve as counsel for the church. Bell will compile the facts of the case, prepare a judicial complaint, and bring the matter before a committee on investigation. The committee will ultimately determine if the case should proceed to a trial.

Walter Fenton is a United Methodist clergyperson and an analyst for Good News.

 

Comments

  1. Licensed Local Pastor says

    After two generous offers the Meyer rejects both offered resolutions. There is no intent on her part to seek to live in peace with her brothers and sisters, only a desire to cause dissention and discord with in the body. Take her to trial and expose her for what she is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

    • Miriam E Miller says

      I PRAY SHE WILL WITHDRAW FROM THE MINISTRY PEACEFULLY. SHE HAS NOT BEEN CALLED
      BY GOD TO SERVE IN THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH ( NOR ANY OTHER CHRISTIAN
      CHURCH). MAY SHE FIND PEACE IN HER HEART . WE MUST STAND FIRM IN THE UMC ON NO
      GAY CLERGY IN ACTIVE SERVICE. GOD HELP US,

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