Gallery: UMC Lesbian Pastor Trial

( [email protected] ) Mar 18, 2004 04:10 PM EST

Bishop William Grove (left) and Bishop Elias Galvan enter Bothell (Wash.) United Methodist Church for the clergy trial of the Rev. Karen Dammann.

Unidentified demonstrators who blocked two Methodist bishops from entering the Bothell United Methodist Church in Bothell, Wash. are arrested by police for trespassing Wednesday, March 17, 2004. The bishops were trying to convene a jury of Methodist pastors to take up the question of whether the Rev. Karen Dammann's ministry is incompatible with churgh law because she lives in an openly lesbian relationship.

Richard Charles, of Bothell, quotes Scripture and shouts anti-gay messages.

One of an estimated 42 demonstrators is arrested after refusing to leave the entrance of Bothell (Wash.) United Methodist Church.

Jimmy Creech, board chairman of Soulforce, confronts Bishop Elias Galvan as he attempts to enter Bothell (Wash.) United Methodist Church, the site of the trial of the Rev. Karen Dammann. Galvan filed a complaint against Dammann, charging her under church law with "practices declared by the United Methodist Church to be incompatible to Christian teachings." Dammann disclosed to Galvan in 2001 stating that she was living in "a partnered, covenanted, homosexual relationship." UMNS photo by Les Fetchko