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Clergy - Part 2


• The District of Columbia court of appeals ruled that the United Methodist Church could not be sued by a dismissed minister who sought to challenge his dismissal in a civil court. A Methodist (UMC) minister served as pastor of a number of churches from 1970 through 1985, and as a chaplain in the United States Air Force. In 1984, he became severely depressed and emotionally disturbed. He was hospitalized for several months in the psychiatric ward of a local hospital. Late in 1984, denominational officials voted to place the minister on a leave of absence pursuant to the Methodist Book of Discipline. In addition, pursuant to the requirements of the Book of Discipline that a minister on a leave of absence may not exercise his ministry beyond the confines of his local church and that his ecclesiastical endorsement must be withdrawn, denominational officials sent a letter to the Air Force ...

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