[Christian News wire] 24 Oct 2008--A lesbian United Methodist has been "ordained" on October 19 by two retired United Methodist Bishops as a minister within a dissident group. Bishops Susan Morrison and Jesse Dewitt also ordained a heterosexual woman who said she had been denied a United Methodist ordination because of her liberal views on homosexuality. The ordinations took place at the historic Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Baltimore, MD.
The dissident group, the "Church Within a Church (CWAC) Movement" is a pro-homosexuality alternative for United Methodists frustrated by the denomination's continued disapproval of same-sex unions and homosexual practice. The ordinations were also endorsed by the Reconciling Ministries Network, which campaigns to overturn the church's official teachings on marriage and sexual ethics.