Trial of United Methodist Minister Rev. Beth Stroud, December 1-3, 2004 in Eastern Pennsylvania

The United Methodist Church will be conducting another trial, December 1-3, 2004 in Eastern Pennsylvania. Rev. Beth Stroud, minister of First United Methodist Church of Germantown came out as a lesbian in a committed relationship in a sermon April 27, 2003. Additionally, Beth and her partner Chris had a committment ceremony at Tabernacle United Church in October, 2000.

Soulforce will be present at the trial, which is taking place at Camp Innabah , near Pottstown Pennsylvania. Our plans are to vigil along side of supportive members of First United Methodist Church of Germantown, members of the Methodist Federation for Social Action, and members of the Reconciling Ministries Network.

No civil disobedience will take place, however, we will be wearing our Soulforce shirts/sweatshirts and carrying Soulforce Banners.

Please consider joining us to show your support for Beth, to bring attention to the spiritual violence being committed by the United Methodist Church, and to stand up against our own oppression, while renewing our spirits and empowering others to do the same.

Photo Album

Day One Report: December 1, 2004

Soulforce Letter to Bishop Yeakel, Presiding Officer for the Trial Court

For additional information and resources, see:

Beth Stoud’s website

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Marcus Matthews regarding public church trial of Rev. Stroud

The Advocate:

Planet Out:

Associated Press:


Hotel Information and Travel Logistics

Action Alert: November 11, 2004

Camp Innabah Information and Directions (For directions, click on thislink, then click on ‘contact us’, then click on ‘map/directions’)