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United Methodist General Conference (GC2012): the wind bloweth where it listeth

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    United Methodist General Conference (GC2012): the wind bloweth where it listeth May 3rd, 2012 Obie Holmen Jack Tuell knew the law before he learned the gospel.
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      United Methodist General Conference (GC2012): the wind bloweth where it listeth

      May 3rd, 2012 Obie Holmen

      Jack Tuell knew the law before he learned the gospel.

      Following law school and two years of legal practice, he entered seminary and became an ordained Methodist clergyman.  He would eventually become a bishop, and he delivered the episcopal address at General Conference 1988, and he served as President of the Council of Bishops in 1989-90.  But, because of his prior legal training, he would also be asked to provide legal assistance to the church from time to time.  The first instance was when he was asked to draft a resolution that would prohibit gay clergy, and the infamous “self-avowed, practicing” language of General Conference 1984 was the result of his input.

      Between the first and second Jimmy Creech trials of the late nineties (acquitted in the first, defrocked in the second), Pastor Greg Dell of Broadway UMC in Chicago performed a covenant ceremony for two of his parishioners.   Broadway had an estimated 40% gay membership, and Pastor Dell believed his pastoral responsibilities to his congregants outweighed restrictive denominational policies.

      The rest of the article is here:

      http://www.theliberalspirit.com/?p=3548

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