Mary Ann Kaiser was a certified candidate for ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church. Her home district committee voted to certify her earlier this year. Her ordination journey was halted abruptly yesterday when The Southwest Texas Conference Board of Ordained Ministry recommended to the clergy of the conference to revoke her certification because Mary Ann identifies as a lesbian.
The vote narrowly passed, temporarily pausing Mary Ann's process. Proper procedures in the UMC's own rule book, The Book of Discipline, were ignored by the conference. Mary Ann was treated inhumanely in the voting process. Furthermore, simply identifying as a lesbian is not grounds to remove someone from the ordination process. Rules were broken. Harm was done. Worst of all, the Board of Ordained Ministry never even met Mary Ann.
Now it is up to you.
Starting at 2:00CST (NoonPST, 1:00MST, 3:00 EST) the network is calling for a Twitter Blast. Tweet one of the following tweets at 2:00CST and help the voice of the entire movement be heard.
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Be sure to use hashtag #SWTXAC and one of the following #StandWithMaryAnn #OutOfOrderSWTX #UMC
#SWTXAC clergy voted to remove @ladygadfly from the ordination process because of her sexual orientation.
#OutOfOrderSWTX #UMC Stand with @ladygadfly. Her #UMC conference did harm by removing her from ordination track bc of her orientation. #StandWithMaryAnn
This type of raising awareness works better on Twitter, but if you are only on Facebook, please post there as well starting TODAY - FRIDAY - at 2:00pm CST.