Rev. Bill McElvaney released this statement to his Northaven UMC family.
STATEMENT TO NORTHAVEN CONGREGATION
On March 7 I received a letter from Bishop Michael McKee notifying me that a complaint had been filed by Reverend Camille Gaston in regard to my conducting a same sex wedding service on March 1. The UM Discipline calls for a supervisory response from the bishop. This response is intended to be pastoral and administrative, directed toward a just resolution between the parties.
The bishop will set a date soon for this meeting involving the bishop, Rev. Gaston, me, and a person of my choice. The bishop’s letter also informed me that he is suspending me from all clergy responsibilities for a period not to exceed 90 days beginning March 7. The decisions by Bishop McKee are all according to rules established in the UM Book of Discipline.
As this process unfolds, I will keep Northaven informed. There are a number of possibilities that may arise from these developments. This first step involves no legal counsel or judicial procedure. I would like to ask Northaven members to hold the bishop, the complainant and me in your prayerful concerns as this process unfolds. I encourage no other response to the bishop’s letter at this time.
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