Magazine article The Christian Century

Dell to Take Post with Gay Support Group

Magazine article The Christian Century

Dell to Take Post with Gay Support Group

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Gregory Dell, convicted in a clergy trial for performing a same-sex union ceremony, will take on a new role this summer. The pastor of Broadway United Methodist Church in Chicago will become the director of In All Things Charity, an unofficial network of clergy members and others in the UMC denomination who support full inclusiveness of gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the life of the church. The Broadway church, which has been the base for In All Things Charity, created the new job for Dell.

However, Dell also announced that he has appealed his conviction.

Dell will spend three-quarters of his time as director of the pro-gay network. The remainder of his new position will involve acting as a consultant on an as-needed basis for whomever is appointed interim pastor at Broadway. "I want to make it clear that it is my intention and my promise not to violate the suspension," Dell told United Methodist News Service. "That is to say I will not be the `pastor behind the curtain' who is pastoring the congregation through someone else. The interim pastor will be the pastor at Broadway United Methodist Church."

A trial court of 13 clergy members from the Northern Illinois Annual Conference found Dell guilty on March 26 of disobeying the order and discipline of the United Methodist Church. He was suspended from his position as pastor effective July 5. Dell had performed a holy union service for two male church members September 19. …

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