Non-binary pastor was asked to leave the church because of sexuality and gender identity


Pastor Anna Blaedel of the United Methodist Church (UMC), who uses they/them pronouns, has been accused three times of the “offence” of being a “self-avowed practicing homosexual” and has been fighting charges for three years. This “offense” is in the list of the church alongside racism, sexual abuse and child molestation. Accused of violating UMC doctrine, Blaedel agreed to a settlement on Wednesday (November 13) to go on an “indefinite leave of absence” not to be trialed by the church. According to The Gazette, the resolution stated that Blaedel could use the absence for “personal healing, and for discerning a livable future and alternatives to remaining a member of the Iowa Conference and The United Methodist Church — the conference and denomination to which Rev. Blaedel was called, ordained, and appointed, but which seems to hold no future for them and their ministry.” They will be allowed to work between 10 and 15 as leader of the Table Tuesday program at the University of Iowa, where students come together to discuss faith and social justice, but they are not going to be paid for it.


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