Wednesday, June 7, 2017

UI campus minister, church resolve same-sex marriage complaint

From Iowa-

A University of Iowa campus minister has reached “a just resolution” with the United Methodist Church concerning a complaint filed against her for having performed a same-sex wedding in April.

The Rev. Anna Blaedel, executive director of the Wesley Student Center at UI, faced possible censure from the church’s Iowa Conference for having officiated at a wedding ceremony April 4 in Oklahoma for a fellow clergywoman and her wife.

The Appointive Cabinet of the Iowa Conference filed a unanimous complaint against Blaedel, charging the campus minister with practices considered “to be incompatible with Christian teaching.” The cabinet includes the superintendents of the eight church districts within the state.

In a statement released Monday, the bishop and cabinet members determined that no disciplinary action will be taken against Blaedel concerning the complaint. A previous complaint against Blaedel, filed by three clergymen in the conference, was dismissed last year.

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