Judicial Council: Email from Beth Stroud and Chris Paige
- Hello friends,
As you may know, the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church
will review Beth's case on Thursday, October 27, beginning at 9am in
Houston Texas. Beth, Chris, our parents, and the legal team will be
traveling to Houston on Wednesday to be present for the hearing. The
decision of the Judicial Council will be reported over the internet
(at www.umc.org) within a few days of the hearing -- probably Monday.
After the hearing and through the weekend, we expect to be spending
time with family. So this note is the last you are likely to hear from
us until after the verdict is announced.
Philadelphia-area folks are invited to a worship service in support of
the witness of FUMCOG and Beth Stroud on Wednesday evening, October
26, at 7:30 p.m. at Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church, 8812
Germantown Avenue, in Philadelphia. Several other United Methodist
Reconciling Congregations will also be hosting prayer vigils and
worship services in other areas of the country that evening in
solidarity with Beth and FUMCOG. [Check http://bethstroud.info/ for
As always, we appreciate your prayers -- for everyone who is directly
involved in the case, as well as for the entire church. Whatever the
outcome, this will be an emotional time for the church at-large.
Meanwhile, we are also grateful for your generous response to our
previous request for financial support. First United Methodist Church
of Germantown has received financial contributions for Beth's legal
fund from all over the country, and we feel that our immediate needs
will be well cared for. Your gifts, together with the prayers of so
many, are truly sustaining us through this process.
Beth Stroud and Chris Paige