M (formerly Mary Ann) Barclay

(This page was updated September, 2014)

M (Mary Ann) Barclay’s ordination process was not moved forward in the Southwest Texas annual conference (soon to be named the Rio Texas annual conference), see below for more info and read their statement by clicking HERE

Have a comment to make about those in the ordination process who experience discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity?  Speak out on Twitter with #CallDenied  Click HERE to see our installation from Rio Texas Annual Conference 2014, that included stones holding the names of those whose call was denied in the UMC, at the base of an ordination robe.



M (Mary Ann) Barclay has been a certified candidate for ordination in the UMC as a deacon since 2008. They were recommended by the Austin District Committee on Ordained Ministry (DCOM)  in April 2012. The scheduled interview with the Southwest Texas Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) was to take place in January 2014, but during the Annual Conference the previous summer, the BOM voted to preemptively remove M from the list of candidates on the basis of her sexual orientation. After a failed motion to appeal, a ruling of law was put before Bishop Jim Dorff. After the Bishop’s ruling was declined by the Judicial Council in October 2013, the Bishop ruled again in December 2013 stating that the BOM is required by the Book of Discipline to interview M before making any decisions regarding their preparedness for ministry. The Judicial Council reviewed this decision in April 2014, and determined that any candidate affirmed by their District BOM must be interviewed by their Conference BOM.  On May 13th, M was interviewed by the BOM and her ordination process was not moved forward.  In August 2014, M began identifying as M Barclay (preferred pronouns “them” and “their”) and moved from Austin, Texas to Chicago, Illinois with wife, Annanda Barclay.

Clergy located in the Southwest Texas conference who know M through her work and her gifts agree:  M is a highly qualified candidate for ordination. Read the essays and letters in support of M here:

For more information about the events in 2013 surrounding M (Mary Ann) and her path to ordination, see these links:

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