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Regarding Rev. Karen T. Dammann 
in the Pacific Northwest

Picture of Rev. Karen Damman and her partner
 
 
 

What is the (UMC) denomination's policy on homosexuality?
includes Book of Discipline excerpts
(posted on the UMC website)


The twists and turns of the Dammann case as it weaves its way through Methodist church process have been confusing insofar as they have dealt with church polity even more than the church policy.  While the content of the case revolves around Dammann's ordination credentials in light of her publicly acknowledged lesbian relationship, the many court rulings have had more to do with the rights, roles, responsibilities of various players within the Methodist system -- including clergy, bishops, conferences, committees, and trial juries.  The following chronology breaks it down step by step...

Note: Details of the following chronology are compiled based on basic information posted by the Pacific NorthWest Conference of the United Methodist Church at http://www.pnwumc.org/Dammann.htm
May 4, 2004 New Judicial Council rules that it does not have the authority to review the Dammann acquittalNew
(posted on UMC website)
..
Judicial Decision No. 985New
(posted on UMC website)
UMC Judicial Council's ruling regarding the General Conference request to review the Dammann acquittal..
May 1, 2004 General Conference directs judicial review of Karen Dammann acquittal
(posted on UMC website).
April 29, 2004 Judicial Decision No. 984
(posted on UMC website)
UMC Judicial Council's ruling regarding questions of church law raised by Dammann case..
March 23, 2004 United Methodist Church article on the significance of the Karen Dammann acquittalRecommended
(posted on UMC website)
March 20, 2004 After 9 ½ hours of deliberation, a trial court of 13 clergy members of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference found the Rev. Karen Dammann not guilty of "practices declared by The United Methodist Church to be incompatible with Christian teachings" -- even though they sustained the specification that Dammann is a "self-avowed, practicing homosexual."

The verdict in the Dammann case
(posted on UMC website)

Statement from the jury
(posted on UMC website)..

March 3, 2004 Q&A on the Dammann trialRecommended
(posted on UMC website).
January 12, 2004  The Committee on Investigation forwarded charges for trial by a vote of 5-2...
December 16, 2003 The Committee on Investigation held a second hearing, per instruction of the Judicial Council.
October 24, 2003 The Judicial Council reverses the action of the Western Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals, instructing the case be remanded to the Annual Conference's Committee on Investigation for a new hearing.

Committee on Investigation dismissal overturned
(posted on UMC website)

Judicial Decision No. 980
(posted on UMC website)

July 1, 2003  Bishop Galvan appoints Rev. Dammann to Ellensburg UMC .
Spring 2003  The Rev. Dammann requests an appointment effective July 1, 2003 
February, 2003  Counsel for the Church appeals the decision of the Western Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals to the Judicial Council.
January 30, 2003  Western Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals votes 4-3 to uphold the action of the Committee on Investigation to dismiss the charge against the Rev. Dammann.

Dismissal of charges upheld on appeal
(posted on UMC website)

August, 2002  Counsel for the Church appeals the decision of the Committee on Investigation to the Western Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals.
July 24, 2002 Committee on Investigation hears and dismisses the charge against the Rev. Dammann by a vote of 3-3 with one abstention.
July 1, 2002 Bishop Galvan appoints the Rev. Dammann to family leave, effective July 1..
June 5, 2002  Counsel for the Church forwards the complaint to the Committee on Investigation.
May 13, 2002 Bishop Galvan forwards a complaint against the Rev. Karen Dammann to the Counsel for the Church
November 28, 2001 Bishop Galvan files a complaint against the Rev. Dammann, under paragraph 2702.1b, “Practices declared by The United Methodist Church to be incompatible with Christian teachings.”
November 1, 2001 Bishop Galvan appoints the Rev. Dammann to Wallingford United Methodist Church to work on a special project regarding military chaplains in the service of our nation.
October 26, 2001  UMC Judicial Council's ruling that a`statement by a clergy woman that she is “living in a partnered, covenanted homosexual relationship with another woman” is a sufficient declaration to subject such person’s membership in her ministerial office to review.

Judicial Decision No. 920
(posted on UMC website)

Annual Conference 2001  Bishop Galvan announces that he cannot appoint the Rev. Dammann and requests a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council regarding the perceived conflict between ¶ 325.1 and ¶ 304.3 of the Discipline.
March 24, 2001 The Rev. Dammann writes a letter to clergy colleagues in the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, stating, “I have formally ‘come out’ to the Bishop, the Cabinet, and the Conference Relations Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry. . . . I have found that I can no longer live the life of a closeted lesbian clergyperson. . .”
February 14, 2001 The Rev. Karen Dammann writes a letter to Bishop Elias Galvan, stating, “I am living in a partnered, covenanted, homosexual relationship.”

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