Complaint Filed Against Transgendered Minister
By Bill Broadway
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 9, 2002; Page C08
- A complaint has been filed against a Maryland minister who had a
sex-change operation during a leave of absence from church duties,
possibly affecting her availability for pastoral appointment, her[his]
bishop said yesterday.
- "The content of the complaint is confidential," Bishop Felton May, of
the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, said
in a statement yesterday.
- May, decided to put Steen on an involuntary leave of absence while her
case is being reviewed.
- May must now decide whether the complaint is a "judicial complaint,"
grievous enough to be presented before a church court, or an
"administrative complaint" to be handled by a standing board that deals
with a variety of clergy matters
- After a meeting Thursday of about 350 clergy who debated Steen's
status, May issued a statement that Steen is "available for appointment by
the bishop" and that "appointments are normally made July 1."
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