FOLLOWING UP 12-18
United Methodist pastor Anna Blaedel will not face a church trial for being a “self-avowed, practicing homosexual.” According to reports from United Methodist News Service, a date for Blaedel’s trial had been set when Blaedel instead requested an opportunity for a “just resolution”—a formal process within the church that focuses on “bringing healing to all parties.”
The resolution acknowledges the harm done not only to Blaedel but also to the rest of the LGBTQIA+ community within the church. It also states that Blaedel will be taking a voluntary personal leave of absence in order to discern “a livable future and alternatives to remaining a member of . . . the United Methodist Church.”
Speaking about the process to UMC media, Blaedel said their heart was broken open and that they had hoped more would be possible.