[Photo: Christian Daily]
A group of Methodists in California on Saturday demonstrated against a regional body of the United Methodist Church.
The group is accusing its leadership of mistreating three theologically conservative Korean pastors by terminating their appointments.
The Reverend Jonathan Lee of San Diego Korean United Methodist Church, the Reverend Jae Duk Lew of the Valley Korean United Methodist Church, and the Reverend Nak In Kim of the Bell.
The three pastors fell under the jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church, California-Pacific Conference, a largely theologically progressive regional body headed by Bishop Grant Hagiya.
Bishop Hagiya said that pursuant to United Methodist policy, he is unable to disclose the reason for his decision.
However, he emphasized that the Book of Discipline directives on consultation were observed, and he denied having any “theological or political” motivation for reassigning the pastors, whose terms are due to end on June 30.
For years, United Methodist Church has debated whether to change its biblically-based stance on marriage and sexuality.
As outlined in the denomination’s Book of Discipline that identifies homosexuality as a sin, bans the ordination of noncelibate homosexuals, and prohibits the blessing of same-sex marriages.