#StandWithMaryAnn – Letter Writing Campaign

Mary Ann Kaiser, a candidate for ordained ministry in The UMC, was removed from the ordination process by the Southwest Board of Ordained Ministry on June 6, 2013 without an interview. An appeal is in process, and the Bishop has 30 days 15 days left to review the polity, and rule on the legality of the process. 

Two weeks ago, we issued a Call to Action which can be found HERE.

We need to support Mary Ann by encouraging the Southwest Texas Conference Bishop through letter or email to offer a just ruling. We are asking you to take time and write him a personal message:

Bishop James Dorff’s contact information:
     Office address: 16400 Huebner Road – San Antonio, Texas 78248
     Email: bishop@umcswtx.org

Several Southwest Texas conference UMCs coordinated efforts last Sunday, June 16, 2013, to educate about what happened to Mary Ann Kaiser and to encourage the writing of letters to Bishop Dorff.  Mary Ann’s home church, University UMC in Austin held an informational session for over 50 attendees, many of whom verbally expressed support for Mary Ann and personally signed letters.  At least two Sunday School classes at Saint John’s UMC in Austin held an information session during the Sunday School hour, and prayers for Mary Ann and Bishop Dorff were included during service.

Many Trinity UMC Austin Sunday School classes discussed #StandWithMaryAnn and wrote several letters, including these:

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Travis Park UMC in San Antonio organized a letter writing campaign that garnered 68 signatures (see Travis Park in action below):
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Thank you to the lay leaders who continue to educate and encourage support. Have photos or letters that you would like to share with us?
Send them to:
swtx.reconcilingministriesteam@gmail.com

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