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Confessed Homosexual Pastor's "Loop Hole" Church Appointment Challenged With New Complaint


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Formal complaint filed against gay minister
Tuesday, December 18, 2001

By RUTH SCHUBERT
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER

In what may be the first step toward stripping him of his ordination, a formal complaint has been filed against the Rev. Mark Edward Williams, the United Methodist minister who has announced he is gay.

Bishop Elias Galvan initiated the complaint and an investigation after a ruling in October from the denomination's highest judicial body, the Judicial Council.

The council affirmed that the church's Book of Discipline forbids the appointment of "self-avowed practicing homosexuals."

At the same time, the body said a pastor couldn't be stripped of his or her appointment without going through the due process initiated by Galvan.

The process could lead to a church trial and, ultimately, Williams' expulsion from the ministry.

Since Williams made his announcement at the denomination's annual conference in June, he has continued to serve at the Woodland Park United Methodist Church in Seattle, although under supervision.
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