Meeting in Pittsburgh, the highest court of the United Methodist Church rules that it has no authority to review a lower court decision which allowed a lesbian pastor to retain her office.
According to the Judicial Council, however, no bishop is permitted to appoint as pastor anyone who has been found by a trial court to be a"self-avowed practicing homosexual." This indicates that while Rev. Karen T. Dammann can remain where she is, she won't be able to go to any other diocese.
She chooses, however, not to return to her church in Ellensburg, Washington.