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United Methodist clergywomen ask church to reopen sexual misconduct case against elder

Jan 24, 2020

By Emily McFarlan Miller

More than five dozen young United Methodist clergywomen are circulating an open letter claiming there was no justice in the denomination’s “just resolution” process for the four women who accused the Rev. Donald “Bud” Heckman of sexual misconduct.

And while that resolution ended the judicial process against Heckman, it could be reopened, according to the letter by the United Methodist Young Clergywomen Collective.

That’s because, the letter reads, “In continuing to deny the harm he caused, Heckman has violated the resolution.”

In its first 24 hours, the letter has received more than 500 signatures from United Methodists across the connection, the Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton said Thursday (Jan. 23).

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One comment on “United Methodist clergywomen ask church to reopen sexual misconduct case against elder”

  • Reading the article and the accompanying complaint, there is no mention of legal charges filed against Heckman for sexual misconduct and/or imposition in an actual court of law.

    What the hell?!

    The guy broke the law. If they want divine retribution, fine. But beyond that, there are laws in place here in the real world to keep this from happening again.


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