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United Methodist Pastor Speaks of Transgender Experience

A transgender United Methodist pastor has shared his story with other members of the denomination’s Baltimore-Washington Conference in the hopes of promoting a broader discussion about gender identity. The Rev. Drew Phoenix – formerly the Rev. Ann Gordon – spoke at both a closed clergy

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Stroud to File Appeal of Church Trial Decision

(Dec. 27, 2004) – Irene Elizabeth “Beth” Stroud has decided to appeal the Dec. 2 decision by a United Methodist trial court to revoke her ministerial credentials. Then the associate pastor at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia, she had been found guilty